Wine & Soul Vinho Tinto Quinta Da Manoella Vinhas Velhas 2013 750ml
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Wine & Soul Vinho Tinto Quinta Da Manoella Vinhas Velhas Red Blend 2013

Douro - Portugal

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Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Quinta Da Manoella Vinhas Velhas was aged for 20 months in a 60/40 mixture new and second use French barriques. A field blend from 100-year-old vines, this comes in at 14% alcohol. This is always the most graceful of the winery's submissions and so, too, this year. Tasting it next to the regular Tinto this year doesn't immediately produce a much greater wave of affection for this old vines bottling, but that's a bit deceptive because, qualitative issues aside, this is also a very differently styled wine. The regular Tinto has fine concentration and matches this pretty well in that respect. However, this old vines bottling has far more finesse, a brighter and more lifted feel and much more expressive fruit. It has a very Burgundian feel to it. It also tightens quickly, demonstrating a bit more backbone as well. Overall, it's a subtle Manoella, mixing some intensity with understatement, that last almost to a fault at times. I am starting to extend drinking windows as time goes on, but let's still be a bit conservative while noting that it may do better if you like your wines mature and have good storage.
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Region: Douro

From their beautifully rich Bordeaux style wines, to their famous fortified wines, the wineries of Douro in Portugal have long been recognized as being amongst the finest of the Old World. For over two thousand years, Douro has been an important center of fine wine production, and it isn't difficult to see why the earliest attempts at viticulture led to an ever expanding wine industry in the region. The beautiful Douro river provides the vineyards with all the moisture and nutrients they need in order to grow fruit of real character and flavor, and the long, baking hot summers help ripen the grapes and intensify their juices. Today, Douro wines are popular all over the world, and wineries are producing more bottles than ever before to keep up with demand. Although the region is still most famous for the fortified wines of Porto, the still wines have centuries of tradition, and a whole set of distinctive flavors and characteristics that simply cannot be ignored.

Country: Portugal

Most of us are quick to associate Portugal primarily with the excellent fortified wines which come out of the Porto area, but there is much more to Portuguese viticulture than just this. Perhaps the most popular still wines the country produces are the varieties from the Vinho Verde region, which uses grapes that do not achieve high doses of sugar, meaning the wines are at their best when young and full of natural, springy fruit flavors The wines of the Douro region have undergone many transformations in their flavor and character over the centuries; once regarded as a bitter wine, the exporters experimented with fortifying the wine with brandy. After several centuries, vintners found a balance in the modern age which is at once reminiscent of Port wine, yet with the structure and character closer to other fine Portuguese wines. Thanks to the appellation system of Portugal and the strict laws governing wine production, Portuguese wines continue to maintain their reputation for quality and the distinctive characteristics they carry.