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Wine & Soul Pintas Character 2014

Wine & Soul Pintas Character 2014

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"The 2014 Pintas Character is a field blend aged for 18 months in French oak (50% new, the rest second-use wood). Props to the winemakers for getting pretty reasonable concentration in this tough, rainy vintage. When this was first poured, I liked it a lot and thought it was rather fine for a second wine. I still do, but it does have some constraints. It lacks the bright flavor it often has. As it airs out, it dries out more and becomes sterner and very serious. It has that earthy, slate-and-lead feel to it that many 2014s have. If that was in addition to fruit flavor, it would be great, but it is usually instead of fruit flavor. If it were the flavors from a mature wine, that, too, would be different, but it is young. It does have some virtues, including that decent concentration and a lively, refreshing feel. This is not disappointing per se—especially if used as a food wine—but it probably isn't your typical Character. This can be approached young, but it will continue to evolve over the next year or two. It doesn't need and won't reward long aging. Drink: 2017-2027. 88 points"

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (230)