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

The undisputed jewel in Portugal's crown is the beautiful wine region of Douro, located along the banks of the river from where it gets its name. The region itself is renowned around the world for its range of wonderfully aromatic fortified wines, as well as a wide variety of still red and white wines made from native grape varietals. Wineries in the Douro region utilize a huge amount of different local grapes for their characterful wines, but generally the most popular are made from Tinta Roriz, a rich and flavorful red wine grape related to Spain's flagship Tempranillo. However, there are plenty of different red and white grape varietals used in the region, all benefiting from the excellent hot weather and mineral rich terroir which characterizes the Douro valleys.

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.