Quinta da Costa do Pinhão - Tinto 2015
Producer: Quinta da Costa do Pinhão
Wine name: Tinto
ABV: 13.0

If you yearn for the typical flavours of Douro reds, but without anything overblown or lashings of oak, then this will really hit the spot.

Baked plums, blueberries, roasted herbs, violets and iodine on the nose. Spicy berries on the palate with plenty of lift and freshness and some serious mouth-coating tannins.

Produced from vineyards with an average age of 40 years, and foot trodden to ensure the perfection extraction and texture that one wants in a wine like this. For me, this is at a perfect moment in its evolution to drink – but it can certainly age for another 5, if not 10 years more.

The winemaker is Luis Seabra. Grapes were foot-trodden, wild fermented, and the wine aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.