Wine & Soul Pintas 2017
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The Wine & Soul Pintas made Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2020 for a reason. "Powerful and refined" is just the start. Do our current temps have you craving stews, roasts and braised dishes that perfume the house all day long, tantalizing you until you can finally tuck in after all that waiting? The Pintas is made for those meals, and it's well worth the wait. If you're going to drink it now, decant it when the meal goes into the oven. You're gonna love it.
Wine Spectator: Designated Top 100 Wine of 2020, #87 Rank. "A generous, harmonious red, boasting steeped cherry, blackberry coulis and cedar flavors that meld into violet, black tea and graphite accents. Details of olive, wild herb and ripe currant play into the finish. Powerful and refined. Best from 2022 through 2035. 1,000 cases made, 70 cases imported." Aug 2020
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Pintas is a field blend from old vines (not quite 90 years) aged for 22 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 14.8% alcohol. This seemed surprisingly accessible and elegant for this vintage when I first saw it as a tank sample in Porto last June. It was, however, a bit reticent. I expected more. It is now showing exactly that. I'm still not convinced it is quite as great as the winery thinks, but it is awfully fine. It has an extra layer of depth over the 2016, a little more power and even more concentration of fruit—in that subtle and elegant style the winery has; it's never jammy. It is still remarkably unevolved and in need of some time to show the finesse and harmony it will one day have, but it is surprisingly approachable. When this rounds into something more like peak form in the late 2020s, I suspect many unfamiliar to Portugal will pick up a glass and think it is something far more famous. Some six hours later (re-corked, not decanted), it was arguably better. If it is all about potential, it has a lot of it. Drink 2021-2043.
This small producer, owned by co-winemakers (and husband and wife) Sandra Tavares and Jorges Borges is one of Douro's most consistently excellent producers these days. From the increasingly refined table wines to the monumental 2017 Port I reviewed in July's interim issue, they are firing on all burners.” Dec 2019
Winery: "Full-bodied and deep, Pintas shows spicy and floral aromas and flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate. Ripe, round, and balanced with notable acidity, it has fine tannins and a long, persistent finish.
|Varietal||Red Field blend of 35 varietals|
|Aging||22 months in 70% new and 30% second use French 225L oak barriques|
|Production||1,000 dozen made; 70 dozen imported|
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