Wine & Soul Pintas 2016


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“The 2016 Pintas is a field blend from old vines aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Not quite bottled when seen, this was out of cask and the final blend. Aggressive in its youth, this also seems wonderfully fresh, with enticing and lifted fruit, plus a big, lingering finish filled with flavor. Very tight, this is going to need a couple of years to come around—and much longer to acquire complexity—but the tannins are not overly hard. It will still be approachable fairly young. This is another super Pintas, a great follow-up to the 2015. Better? Maybe, although this is a little hard to read. We’ll see as they both settle in over the next few years. The typical generalization in Douro on the two vintages is that the 2015s are a little fresher and more elegant, while the 2016s are a little more concentrated—granting many exceptions. For her part, Sandra Tavares said this had a bit more depth, while the 2015 had a bit more charm. Ultimately, they are different sides of the same coin, pretty close to one another in style. Both seem rather brilliant. As they age, we’ll have fun seeing who wins. Drink: 2022-2046. 95-97 points”

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (238)