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2009 Wine & Soul Pintas Port

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Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

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Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

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RATINGS

95Wine Spectator

Offers a floral nose, with fruity flavors of berry and cherry that are flanked by seductive sandalwood and cedar notes. Well-integrated tannins provide good punch, with rich licorice notes dominating the ripe, chewy finish.

94Wine Enthusiast

...rich and juicy...strong, tannic character and firm structure. The foot-trodden grapes lend great flavor intensity, fine concentration and a note of blackberry juice.

93The Wine Advocate

90Stephen Tanzer

Expressive aromas of black cherry and flowers lifted by a whiff of orange peel. Densely packed, generous and spicy, with lovely focus and lift to its boysenberry, mulberry and dark chocolate flavors... Rounds out nicely on the long finish, which features slightly gritty tannins that arrive late.

REGION

Portugal, Douro

Douro is Portugal’s most prestigious appellation, thanks to the fact that the country’s famous Port wines have always come from the Douro. Douro, the appellation, is named for the Douro River which runs through northern Portugal. The region is mountainous and rocky, with very poor soil and harsh weather conditions because of proximity to the Atlantic. Nevertheless, vineyards have always existed there on terraced parcels of land surrounded by walls to protect the vines from wind. Most of the famous Port makers have quintas, or estates, in this region. In recent decades the Douro has developed a reputation for table wines as well as Ports, and today there are two sub-appellations within the Douro, one for table wines and one for Port. Numerous grapes are allowed within the Douro, but the main red grapes grown are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo.) The main white grapes are Esgana Cao, Folgosado and Verdelho. Besides the historic connection to Port wines – which were highly coveted in England and other parts of Europe as early as the 17th century – the region is also home to Portugal’s best table wines, including Barca Velha.