Marquês de Marialva Baga, Reserva 2012

A Baga bargain

I was browsing the wine shelves last weekend at my local Jumbo supermarket where I have often stumbled across some interesting bargains.

My love of the Baga grape and of the Bairrada region ensured that I did not miss this wine, priced at just €4.79. It’s not often that I find something worth writing about in the €5 price range, but this is a worthy exception.

The wine is produced by the wine cooperative at Cantanhede, in the heart of the Bairrada region, a winery that is well known for its high quality sparkling wines.

This red reserve, however, has won multiple awards at international competitions and is a good example of the modern style of lighter-structured, easy-drinking reds made from the Baga grape.

On the nose, the wine displays predominant mature red fruit notes with subtle smokiness and hints of chocolate. Smooth and medium to light bodied in the mouth with well-rounded tannins and a clean, dry finish.

For the money, I would struggle to find anything that comes close to being as good a match for roast chicken, or even for the Christmas turkey, if looking for an economical solution.

By Patrick Stuart
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