Cellar Selection: "Made from vines planted over a century ago and fermented in open lagars, this is a powerful and magnificent wine. With great tannins forming the base for opulent fruits black fruits and a serious structure, it should age for many years."
“This is the second wine from the Pintas vineyard in the heart of the Pinhão Valley. It’s powered by mint, dark plums and new wood flavors to give a richly concentrated, juicy wine. It’s still young, showing all its initial fruitiness, and those tannins and acidity will need several years.”
“Very fresh and intensely juicy, featuring an effusively fruity aroma and concentrated flavors of red plum, cherry and currant. Offers medium-grained tannins, with lavish chocolate, cream and spice notes on the finish.”
“The entry level red from Pintas vineyard’s 50-70 year old vines is, as expected, bigger, darker and firmer, much more on the black fruits and tighter-knit. Though concentrated, the fruit – black and red currant and berry – is very well delineated, pure and persistent. On day 2, it is opening up a tad and the oak looks quite flashy. By day 3 it has hit its stride, revealing juicy black currant, berry and plum – expansive, yet still precise with a mineral, very persistent finish.”
“Old vine fruit delivers a very different experience once you get beneath the veneer of toasty oak. This is made for the long haul and has a pronounced pull of acidity and pithy tannins behind its plum, black cherry and pomegranate fruit. Coriander seed and salt lick adds lift and elegance. Finishes long and precise.”
“The 2012 Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas is an old vines field blend (some 30 different grapes) aged in French barriques for 20 months (60% new oak, 40% used). It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Although Manoella is usually elegant enough, not exactly needing the help of a vintage like 2012, this manages to hold its own well, adding some much-needed to depth to the regular Manoella Tinto also reviewed this issue. With air, it shows more focus and persistence, too. It develops a silky, Old World feel to it and caressing texture. It evolved quite nicely with air, and it needed some. This should be a fine wine to just drink. It is not exactly the best bargain, but it has just enough distinction and impeccable balance.”
“The 2012 Pintas Character, a second label here, is an old vines field blend aged in French oak barriques for 18 months (50% new and 50% second use). Quite charming, this is on the lighter side and rather elegant this year, a bright, easy-to-drink and easy-to-like wine. It is not particularly concentrated in the mid-palate and the backbone is modest. Intended for early to mid-term consumption, it is awfully tasty and hard to resist. It does flesh out a bit with air, and like its big brother Pintas, also reviewed this issue, it shows some surprising transparency and minerality at times. Fresh and friendly, it is nicely balanced.”