M. Chapoutier Pinteivera Touriga Nacional 2012 Front Label
M. Chapoutier Pinteivera Touriga Nacional 2012 Front Label

M. Chapoutier Pinteivera Touriga Nacional 2012

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 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.

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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

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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No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhone valley than 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.

Sothis Gin is distilled from grapes and plants grown near the vineyards. This family domaine is cultivated using biodynamic practices in which plants play a central role. In their wild state they offer M. Chapoutier a better understanding of the soils. When used in vine treatments they help to nourish plant life and support plant growth. They have selected a few of these plants in order to offer a new perspective of their terroirs, the story of a gin originating from the Tain l’Hermitage vineyards and their floral heritage. They have been honing this recipe for many months under the watchful eye of Sothis, the star and also the ancient Goddess who teaches us that cultivating the land is a means of moving closer to the stars.

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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal 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 to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small 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 Portuguese wines of various styles.

The Douro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red Portuguese 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 Portuguese wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in 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 southern, Alentejo.

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

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Gaining great popularity for its bold but beautifully aromatic dry red wines, Touriga Nacional is the noblest variety in Port wine. Most likely originating from the Dão region, today it grows throughout the Douro Valley as well. Somm Secret—As many as 80 grape varieties can be used to make Port wine, each contributing something unique to the resulting blend. Touriga Nacional adds great color, tannins and aromatics.

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