Wine and Soul "Quinta da Manoella" Vinhas Velhas 2017
(Douro, Portugal) - [WS 97] [RP 95] [JS 92]
Regular price $135.00 Sale price $99.97 Save $35.03
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Notes from the Winemaker:
This wine is a field blend of more than 30 indigenous grape varieties. Havested in September, the grapes were foot trodden in granite lagares during all the fermentation process. The aging and malolactic fermentation was developed in French oak barriques during 20 months.
About the Vineyard:
Very old vineyard with 107 years old which has a field blend of more than 30 different indigenous grape varieties.
The harvest was planned for the third week of September in perfect weather conditions. All grapes previously selected and de-stemmed were foot trodden in stone lagares during all the fermentation process ( 10 days). The aging was developed in french oak barriques during 20 months.
Full-bodied and deeply concentrated, with a spicy and floral aroma, flavours of blackberry and dark chocolate. Ripe, round and balanced with a notable acidity, firm tannins and a long finish.
Ratings & Reviews
97 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A beauty, with underpinnings of graphite, forest floor and savory spice flanking the blackberry, violet and boysenberry flavors. This full-bodied red offers depth of flavor and lots of freshness, with a powerful, integrated structure in tune with the cedar, dark chocolate, black tea and currant elements on the finish. Needs time in the cellar to unwind. Best from 2022 through 2032. 300 cases made, 50 cases imported." - GS (May 31, 2020)
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2017 Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas was aged for 20 months in 70% used French oak and comes in at 14% alcohol. This was a tank sample when originally seen last June in Portugal. It's now in the USA. This is similar enough to the 2016 so that you can say they are siblings, but as with the regular Tinto, there are some differences. The most obvious is that this is younger and tighter, of course. Once past that, this also seems to have more intensity of fruit, more concentration and more flavor. Yet it maintains the elegance and old-school finesse of the brand, and it has those hints of what many would call minerality. I prefer "stonewashed." Like its 2016 sibling, it has closed down. It is even a longer way from being fun to drink, but it has come together enough to make me want to rate it more highly now. It's all about the potential right now, though. If you buy it, be committed to cellaring it for a few yearsâ€”at the least. It will be approachable sooner, but it will probably be closer to being really interesting around 2026-2028. It has plenty of upside potential." - Mark Squires (30th Dec 2019)
92 Points - James Suckling:
"So many layers of plums, dark berries, flowers, cloves and licorice here. Itâ€™s medium-bodied and elegant with fine-grained tannins. Very pleasantly spiced finish. Beautiful clarity and brightness of fruit. Drink or hold." - (20 Nov, 2020 )