Folias de Baco, Renegado 2019
20 + varieties. Duoro, Portugal
This is a fascinating blend of local varieties, all in a field blend across three parcels. Roughly 50/50 white & red. Grapes include Rabigato, Chasselas, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Moscatel, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Mourisco, Tinta Pinheira (jaen), Touriga Franca, and many more. The wine is young, bright, and full of red cherry and strawberry fruit with mouthwatering acidity and a smooth finish. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.
Folias de Baco was started in 2007 by young, innovative winemaker, Tiago Sampaio, who was inspired by his grandfather’s vineyard work. He has a vivacious curiosity and loves to experiment at every step of the winemaking/growing processes. He has studied agricultural engineering and has a PhD in Viticulture and Enology from Oregon State University, where he picked up on modern philosophies and aesthetics of winemaking, never forgetting his Douro roots. Folias de Baco is in the Alto Douro, in the sub-region of Cima-Corgo where the land is very tough and challenging at a higher altitude, but it is an expression of traditional melding with modern techniques.