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Wine & Soul Vinho Tinto Pintas Character 2013 750ml
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Wine & Soul Vinho Tinto Pintas Character Red Blend 2013

Douro - Portugal

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Rated 92 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Pintas Character is a field blend sourced from 50-year-old vines adjacent to the Pintas vineyard. It was aged for 18 months in a 50/50 mixture new and second use French barriques. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. As with the regular Manoella Tinto submitted this issue, Wine & Soul's second wine is in super form this year. This isn't as inexpensive as its Manoella sibling, to be sure, but it is still a relatively good value point in the lineup. Tight, powerful and nicely concentrated, it is one of the more interesting characters. If it wasn't quite as interesting some two hours later, admittedly, it was no slouch, either. It is not quite ready to drink as it is just a bit astringent and lacking in expression. Give it a couple of years, if possible. If you pop it now, give it a little air. It will come around fairly fast.
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Region: Douro

The vineyards situated around the Douro river in Portugal are amongst the oldest in Europe, and the area has been used for cultivating grapevines for at least two thousand years. As such, this is a region where tradition is strong, and authenticity is key, leading to characterful wines of real quality and uniquely Portuguese flavors. Although the region is most commonly known for its delicious and aromatic fortified wines, wineries and vintners of the Douro also make still red and white wines of great quality, using the many grape varietals which flourish there. Several red and white wine grape varietals grow extremely well in the region, thanks to the long hot summers and mild autumns the Douro enjoys, and each is used to its full potential by vintners with generations of experience and expertise.

Country: Portugal

One of the oldest regions of Portugal for wine production and vine cultivation is the Bairrada, the lush and clay-rich region responsible for an impressive range of red, white and rosé wines of exceptional quality. As with much of the country, this region benefits from long, hot summers, allowing the grapes to ripen to full maturity and thus carry a wide range of flavors and aromas. However, each region of Portugal produces wines which reach a high level of quality, from the more urbanized regions around Lisbon and Porto, where the famous fortified and Colares wines originate, to the island of Madeira and the Dao river valley, which each have their own distinctive wine cultures. The several thousand years of viticultural history in Portugal has allowed Portuguese wineries to master their own traditional techniques, which are still employed to this day across the country, yielding excellent results for the world to enjoy.