The essence of wet rocks. A purity to die for.
The 2011 Pintas Vintage Port from Wine & Soul not only seduces on the nose, it’s also drinking beautifully. Not a power house, it’s all about finesse and elegance. Just the way I want it. Sandra and Jorge at Wine & Soul continues to impress and the 2011 is without doubt the best young Vintage Port I’ve tasted from them. The Pintas is an old vineyard site in Vale de Mendiz, in the Pinhão Valley. Planted 81 years ago, the organically cultivated Pintas is a melting pot of Douro grapes. Around 30 different varieties are to be found here and there’s no point in trying to focus on specific grape styles. It’ s all about old vines with deep roots down the schist rich soil. In 2011 the pre-season offered generous amounts of rain which resulted in excellent ground water levels, a necessity when the heat kicks in during summer. And an essential reason for why it’s so rare to find heat stressed wines in these parts of the world. The old vines is the key.
2011 Pintas Vintage Port
There’s only 4,000 bottles of 2011, the 6th wine produced of the Pintas Vintage Port. Foot treaded. Indigenous yeast. On the nose it’s got everything a young Grenache would dream about. Plums, cherries, some kirsch, herbs and sweet root. A dash of flowers. But most of all; it oozes of wet rocks and has a purity which makes it impossible to resist. Yes, you are supposed to cellar your vintage port but this beauty should be experienced in its youth as well. On the palate the alcohol is barely apparent, meritoriously hidden by the elegant fruit, the acidity structure and somewhere behind it all, some pretty compact tannins. Kirsch, licorice, wet rocks and flowers. Amiable!
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