2016 Wine & Soul Pintas Character Douro Vino Tinto
Winemaker Notes: Rich and powerful, this wine shows notes of raspberry, black cherry and plums. On the palate it is fresh and velvety with well integrated tannins and a long, persistent finish.
Robert Parker - "The 2016 Pintas Character is a field blend from old vines aged for 18 months in 80% used French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Originally seen as a tank sample, this is now bottled and in the USA. Deeper, more powerful and certainly fruitier than the Manoella Tinto (and in this vintage another $10 in list price, to be fair), this is simply a more serious wine in many respects this year. Ripe, concentrated and succulent, yet beautifully crafted with the fruit well supported by the structure, this focused red (fruity but not a fruit bomb) is exceptional on many grounds. Still a bit too young, it could use another year or so in the cellar. Yet the tannins are not terribly hard, so it's not too difficult to drink now. It will easily hold for more than another decade, and it should improve as well. We'll take the aging curve in stages, though, and see where we are as 2030 rolls around—assuming you can keep your hands off of it. It is worth leaning up on this today."
Wine & Spirits - "This is from a 1970 planting in the Vale Mendiz, the hills above the town of Pinhão. It’s a mix of 30 varieties, farmed by Jorge Serôdio Borges and Sandra Tavares da Silva. They make it in a traditional way at their winery nearby, foot treading the grapes in stone lagares. Then they make it more contemporary by aging it for 18 months in French oak barriques, half new, half one year old. That new oak is what makes the first impression, saturating the wine with rich tannins and some bitterness. Violet scents emerge out of the plump center of the wine, along with the schistscented grape-skin tannins. This is bold, juicy and ripe, needing bottle age to yield its fruit."
|Winery||Wine & Soul|
|Grape Varietals||Red Blend|