2020 João Pato (aka Duckman) Kite Duck - Beiras, Portugal (750ml)
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The João Pato wines are made of only indigenous varietals in Barraida, in an effort to truly represent this coastal region, named from the Portuguese word for clay, which makes up most of the local soil content. This wine is 95% red Baga grapes, vinified without skin contact, and 5% white Maria Gomes grapes, vinified with skin contact, meaning this wine straddles an unusual space between rose, blanc de noirs and orange wine. The result is a dry, coppery, coral-hued, medium-bodied wine with notes of cranberry, pomegranate and fresh apricot followed by a little funkiness on teh dry, slightly tannic finish. It’s lovely as an aperitif, but can even stand up to sweet and spicy dry-rubbed babybacks.