“The 2009 Pintas Vintage Port is a field blend from very old vines (some 80 years or so) coming in at 114 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is not quite as tightly wound as the 2007 but it adds even more power and concentration. The concentration was not apparent at first but it eventually fleshed out and put on weight—it is probably the densest wine in this vertical. The fruit is big and sexy, sometimes irresistible. In most respects it's impressive but it did have a touch of alcohol underneath that gave me pause at times. On top there is a bit of eucalyptus. The hardest-edged wine in this vertical, it has plenty of power but it is not clear that it will integrate everything well. It did seem better on the second day tasted. Stern and a bit forbidding, despite the big fruit covering up the power, this desperately needs cellar time. It has some upside potential in the cellar but it also needs to prove that it can hold its balance as it ages.”
CELLAR SELECTION: “This rich and juicy wine from the Pinhão Valley has enormous potential, as shown by its strong, tannic character and firm structure. The foot-trodden grapes lend great flavor intensity, fine concentration and a note of blackberry juice.”
Dominated by oak initially, this is also bright and piercing, showing excellent acidity in this vintage, giving it a very bright feel. I was impressed at how the fruit kept poking up over the oak and asserting itself.... [I]t showed impressive intensity on the finish and ultimately became remarkably graceful.