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Wine & Soul Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas 2018

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Full-bodied and deeply concentrated, with a spicy and floral aroma, flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate. Ripe, round and balanced with a notable acidity, firm tannins and a long finish.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 95
Wine Spectator
This fleshy, concentrated red is packed with boysenberry and currant fruit edged with orange peel, forest floor and savory spice elements that add complexity and focus. Details of Earl Grey tea, mineral and herb meld together on the long, elegant finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas is a field blend (over 30 grapes) from centenarian vines aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak, and it comes in at 14.8% alcohol. Always subtle and a little understated, this is nonetheless a supercharged version of the regular Manoella Tinto this issue. It retains some of the silky elegance and all of the impeccable balance while adding more concentration and power. It improves and tightens in the glass. It also adds a bit more wood, which shows up here and there. That will get better in time. Although this seems almost approachable today, as its tannins are moderately ripe, its ability to tighten with air and its lack of development demonstrate that it really needs at least a couple of years more in the cellar for better results, preferably more. I'm not convinced yet that this is a great Manoella, but it still has some time and some room to make its case. It is certainly very good, and it has the components to improve notably.
Rating: 93+
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Centenarian vines from a vineyard in the depths of the Pinhão Valley have produced an immense wine. It is dark, with chocolate flavors and powerful tannins. But it does also have a layer of black fruits that will come through strongly. Drink the wine from 2024.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
The old vines at Manoella include more tinta francisca than is typically found at most Pinhão Valley vineyards; it’s a variety with a lean profile that seems to point up the schist tannins in this wine. Those dry tannins are completely filled out by the velvety richness of the fruit, sweet, ripe and smoothly oaked. Berkshire chef and baker Amy Loveless found the ripe blackberry flavors compelling, and commented, “I can imagine this with a blackberry-apple pie.”
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Located in the heart of the Douro Valley, Portugal’s best-known wine region, Wine & Soul spans several picturesque vineyards. This innovative yet rustic winery was founded nearly 10 years ago by Jorge Serôdio Borges and his wife Sandra Tavares da Silva, both of whom wished to channel their extensive experience into a winery that would showcase the traditional varieties and terroir of the Douro Valley on an international level. Initially, Wine & Soul consisted of a lone vineyard, Pintas, located in the Cima Corgo's prized Pinhão Valley. Throughout the years, it expanded to include additional properties, such as the magnificent Quinta da Manoella. Parcels of 80-year-old vines are tucked into terraces carved out by dynamite a century ago. Walls built from the displaced schist border the vines, preventing erosion and enhancing the idyllic landscape. Wine & Soul has received considerable critical praise for its character-driven wines, all of which represent the exceptional terroir of the Douro region. Natural farming is prioritized, and no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides are used. Irrigation is minimal and performed only by hand, and indigenous yeasts are used for almost all fermentation. Organic certification by Sativa is pending. Due to the steep grade of the slopes and the narrow width of the terraces, all grapes must be picked by hand. The fruit is foot-trodden in granite lagares, which yields fine, silky tannins since the process is so gentle on the grapes. The wines are all aged in French barriques.

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