87 Pts Wine Spectator
"A rich, meaty aroma leads to flavors of plum, dried cherry and anise. The vibrant, minerally finish is long and elegant. Drink now. 60,000 cases made." 87 Points - Wine Spectator
"Founded in 1920, by the brothers JosÃ©, Manuel and Albano Costa, the company dealt at first in the trade of Douro fine wines and liquors. In the thirties, however, due to a bill passed by the government that prohibited the production of Port Wines outside the OâPorto limits, the company shifted its activity to the trade of Bairrada Table wines and launched itself in the production of natural sparkling wines in the âchampenoiseâ method, with the help of the renowned French oenologist Gaston Mainousson. This way, in the forties, the company expanded the trade of its wines by exporting to the Brazilian market and to the Portuguese colonies in Africa."
"Nevertheless it is the 1950âs that will gain Caves SÃ£o JoÃ£o notoriety in the Portuguese wine trading landscape. The company begins to sell DOC wines, creating two of the most celebrated Portuguese brands: FREI JOÃO of the Bairrada region, and PORTA DOS CAVALEIRO, of the DÃ£o region."
"Having passed to descendants of the original owners, CAVES SAÌO JOAÌO is the most ancient wine trading company still in business in the Anadia County. Allying history and family tradition throughout generations to the most modern and efficient production methods, CAVES SAÌO JOAÌO is aiming today to exceed all expectations. In the beginning of this new century, after investments in the vinification and quality control areas, the company is fully prepared to face future challenges in wine production, always alert to the market evolution and anxious to satisfy the ever more refined taste of demanding costumers." -Importer
"The quality of our wines is the result of the art and knowledge put in every step of its creation and production. The elaboration of the red wines relies on vinification concepts that are both classical and innovative. The tanks and vats, made in stainless steel, are equipped with an automatic grape crushing system that allows for a more delicate handling of grapes, very similar in effect to that of the human foot. These are fully automatic equipments, in terms of grape pressing and of temperature control during fermentation, that allow for the making of exceptional wines."
"Nevertheless the high quality of a wine does not come solely from the care and rigour put in vinification, there are other steps of the wine making process equally important, such as aging.
Red wines of a higher quality level age in old French oak barrels from the worldâs finest coopers, which allows us to obtain wines with better phenolic stability, richer and more complex."
"The barrels are set in a gallery with the adequate environmental conditions for a perfect aging: low stabilized temperature and moderate humidity." -Winery