2019 Wine & Soul Pintas, Pinhao Valley, Douro Valley, Portugal – WA97/WS95

2019 Wine & Soul Pintas, Pinhao Valley, Douro Valley, Portugal – WA97/WS95



Wine & Soul is without doubt one of the greatest modern Douro producers in Portugal!  Its dry red “Bordeaux” modeled Pintas is always extremely limited and highest rated.  On our trip to Portugal in 2018, we had the honor of visiting, tasting and lunching at the winery and in their old vine Vale de Mendiz vineyard in Manoella of the Pinhao Valley with winemaker Sandra Tavarres da Silva and her husband Jorge Serodio Borges.  One of our most memorable travel experiences, as we sat and dined under the grapevine arbor while the Portugal national broadcast television company interviewed the couple and for a future program highlighting the country’s finest regional producers.

“The 2019 Pintas is a field blend (over 40 grapes, but the dominant grapes are Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional) from old vines (around 90 years) aged for 20 months in 20% new French oak. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. What can you say about Pintas in all its glory? Big and expressive fruit is the first thing you’ll take note of. Yet the second thing changes the opinion on and character of this wine. It’s not even close to a fruit bomb. Its structure controls it, making it fresh, precise and lively, never jammy and ponderous. Then, it shows off some serious power. The winery’s style generally eschews astringency (except at times on the Port), but there’s certainly a fair bit of power on that finish. This is built to age and develop. It’s delicious but not one-dimensional. It isn’t even close to showing everything it has just now. While not completely unapproachable, it will show a lot better in a few years. It may not hit peak for 10. There were 5,900 bottles produced, plus some other size formats.” – 97 points, Wine Advocate (MS)

“High-toned and floral on the nose, this expressive red offers a lovely core of crushed black and red berry and cherry fruit underscored by a rich streak of loamy minerality. Tightly meshed, with dense tannins providing weight and definition, while accents of garriguebalsamico and spice box lend fine detail. Like a racehorse at the gate, this is raring to go. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Rufete. Best from 2024 through 2034. 49 cases imported” – 95 points, Wine Spectator —A.N.


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