Wine & Soul Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas 2015


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“The 2015 Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas (the “old vines” are centenary vines) is a field blend aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This was not quite bottled when I first saw it, but it is now in the USA and in bottle. Adding a layer of depth that the regular Manoella needed, this also shows far more power (and far more everything, in fact). The mid-palate finesse is exceptional, making you think of a refined and very sophisticated wine, more Bairrada or Burgundy than the richer Pintas style. It can seem a bit wimpy at first next to Pintas—but this is a different style. It doesn’t fade. It isn’t even close to jammy. Chock-full of flavor, very bright and fresh, and very intense on the finish, the only question here is whether the mid-palate can keep up with the structure for the long haul. I think it can. Let’s start here and see where this goes in time. It does have a few questions left to answer. Drink: 2020-2038. 94 points.”

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (237)