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Wine & Soul Vinho Tinto Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas 750ml 2009
Sku: 1835367
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Country: Portugal
Region: Duriense
Sub-Region: Douro - Porto
Grape Varietal: Red Portugese Blend
Type: Still wine
Reg. $97.89
On Sale $82.39
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Wine Advocate 93 points - The 2009 Quinta Da Manoella Vinhas Velhas is the same property from which Jorge Borges? sister (of Fojo fame) used to produce wine ? Quinta da Manuela. Now owned by Wine & Soul, the Quinta?s wine has been rebranded with a new spelling of ?Manuela? based on historical research, according to Wine & Soul?s husband and wife team (co-owners Jorge Borges and Sandra Tavares da Silva). It is an amazingly fine new offering, elegant, persistent and focused, with a subtle and lingering intensity. It seems delicate at times, while at the same time it grips the palate, wraps around it and won?t let go. Tasted in both in Douro and in the USA, it was beautiful each time and represents an impressive debut for Wine & Soul?s new baby. If comparing to the Pintas, it is not as dense, lush and sexy. It is more subtle and persistent, though, and its finish might be longer. Call this the Margaux compared to the Pintas? Mouton. It should also age well and I suspect better. It definitely needs a little cellar time to allow its inherent gracefulness to shine through and to acquire some complexity. As with the Pintas, it may yet merit an uptick when it starts to show its stuff. This very old vines bottling (100+ I?m told) is made in small quantity ? 3,500 bottles ? and sure won?t be easy to come by. Production will increase in 2010 to perhaps 5,000 bottles. I?m told this will be offered in the USA, but there was no firm information on pricing or the like at this time. No doubt, it won?t be cheap. Drink 2014-2029. (Dec 2011)

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Sandra Tavares da Silva and Jorge Serodio Borges are oenologists and married with each other. One fine day, they decided to make a wine together and they bought an old Port Wine warehouse, in Vale de Mendiz. Wine & Soul was born and so was Pintas, a garage wine whose name was inspired by their restless pointer. Pintas comes from a single 70 years old vineyard, whose ground features and grape varieties (more than 30) allow them to extract marked and defined terroir wines. With 2.5 ha of vineyard in 6 ha of ground, Jorge and Sandra set themselves a new challenge: to produce a high quality white wine, something they both consider to be very complex. Guru is the expression of this challenge.

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