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M. Chapoutier Pinteivera Touriga Nacional 2012

Touriga Nacional from Portugal
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14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Big and full on the palate supported by impressive velvety structure. There's flesh, weight and depth, all rounded off by an incredibly long finish. The dark fruit comes through again, giving a crisp sensation underpinned by nice mineral tautness

The Esteivera vineyard in the Douro Valley takes its name from the native shrub "Esteva" ("rock rose" in English), which grows only on the best shale soils, conducive to the cultivation of the vine. Due to its location, not far from Pinhão, the vineyard enjoys a very good set of conditions within the Douro Valley's extremes of temperature and rainfall, as well as ferruginous and locally-altered, fractured soils of varying depths. The name Pinteivera comes from a combination of Pinhão and Esteivera.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
Ripe and spicy, with a concentrated core of damson plum, molten chocolate and dark cherry flavors, showing notes of tar and mocha. A firm, dense and rich-tasting Douro red that should age well. Best from 2014 through 2018.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
From Rhône producer, M. Chapoutier, this is a new venture. The style is elegant while also powerful and complex. It brings out strong minerality, black currant fruit and tense acidity, resulting in a wine for aging. Drink from 2016.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Pinteivera is, yes, a Chapoutier Touriga Nacional in Douro. It was aged 12 months in French oak. The winery says that it increased the vatting period to 4-5 weeks, longer than typical. That results in a rather soft, grapy and aromatic wine with intense floral notes. For some, indeed, this may be overkill, too perfumed and too dramatic. It then projects wild herb nuances as well. It is so powerfully fragrant that it is almost funky in its own, perfumed way. It doesn’t project much mid-palate concentration, but it is easy to drink and with air it proves its balance is actually quite fine. The tannins are mostly ripe, but note that it does tighten a bit with air. There is a feeling of liveliness around the edges that makes this rather sunny. Ultimately, this sensually constructed wine is made to drink well young, but is likely to hold well in the mid-term. It improved with air, demonstrating its structure as well as giving me time to get used to the intense aromatics, but I won’t be surprised if some find it to be a bit too much. Drink now-2023.
D 90
Decanter

Intense, generous aromas and flavors of herbal, spice and violet-tinged blackberry and dark cherry fruit, boasting well integrated tannins and alcohol. Ageing gracefully and with plenty left to give.

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M. Chapoutier

M. Chapoutier

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M. Chapoutier, Portugal
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No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhone valley than M. Chapoutier.

The history of the Chapoutier family stretches back to the early nineteenth century when current owner Michel Chapoutier’s great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased an estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l’Hermitage in the Northern Rhône Valley. Marius Chapoutier made history in the region when he became the first grape grower there to vinify his own fruit. Marius had tasted wines other winemakers produced using his fruit and he realized that something was lost in translation, so to speak. He knew that he owned some of the best growing sites in the appellation and he believed — rightly — that the grapes grown in his vineyards could produce long-lived world-class wines. In a move unusual at the time, he decided that he should make the wine himself. Not only did the quality of the wines increase greatly, but this move provided the capital to expand the Chapoutiers’ already legendary estate.

A visionary and pioneer in biodynamic winemaking, his restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality have produced tremendous success, with the most 90+ point ratings of all Rhône producers and 16 "100 point" rated wines.

Portugal

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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal is unique in that it relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme. Due in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation, Portugal has developed independent of its fellow European compatriots. A long and narrow country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines in various styles.

The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry wines of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

Touriga Nacional

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Bold, lush, and full of intense dark fruit, Touriga Nacional has gained great popularity for its dry wines but actually is the noblest variety in the blend that composes Port wine. The grape most likely orginated from the Dão region and also grows throughout the Douro Valley, both great Portuguese wine producing regions.

In the Glass

Touriga Nacional produces a deeply purple-dominated red wine with concentrated flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry and cocoa powder. Aromas vary from sweet violets, mint, and often vanilla and baking spice (depending on its oak aging). In texture it has fine tannins and if you’re a Cabernet drinker, this would make an excellent new wine to try.

Perfect Pairings

Barbecue, Beef Tenderloin, Shepherd’s Pie, grilled sausages and any blue cheese will work well with a Touriga Nacional.

Sommelier Secret

For Port wine, there are 52 approved grape varieties that can go into the blend. Each grape has something unique to contribute to make an overall harmonious end product. Likewise in its dry wine form, you will often find Touriga Nacional blended with some of the other best Portugese grapes like Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (synonym for Tempranillo), Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cão.

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