Wine & Soul Pintas 2018

Complex, sophisticated and harmonious.
Touriga Franca, Tempranillo (Aragonez, Tinta Fino, Tinta Roriz), and Touriga Nacional
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Notes: Cherry, Currant, Blackberry Dark chocolate Violet Mineral

Body: Full

Dryness: Very Dry

Acidity: Medium

Tannin: Medium +

Alcohol (%): 14.5

Origin: Douro Valley, Portugal

Maker: Wine & Soul


  • Touriga Franca
  • Tempranillo (Aragonez, Tinta Fino, Tinta Roriz)
  • Touriga Nacional

Fermentation: Heavy Wood

Awards: >90

Decanting: 1 hour

Asian Food Pairing: Taiwanese sausage clay pot rice, Mongolian beef, Wagyu don

Western Food Pairing: Lamb chops, Beef ragu, Portuguese wild boar stew


Wine & Soul Pintas 2018

Wine & Soul Pintas has an intense purple colour. Complex, sophisticated and harmonious. The nose opens with pure and rich notes of black cherry, blackcurrant, florals and spice. The full-bodied, deep and round palate is balanced by a notable acidity and focused fine tannins. Ripe black cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate flavours with expressive minerality. Amazing fruit and a terrific savoury finish.

A field blend of more than 40 different indigenous grape varieties from an 88-year-old vineyard in Cima Corgo, Pinhão Valley, Vale de Mendiz.

Harvesting the fruit in the second week of September in perfect weather conditions. The grapes go through a careful selection, destemming, and were foot trodden in stone lagares during the 10 day fermentation process. Ageing and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels for 20 months. 



The 2018 Pintas is a field blend (over 40 grapes, but the dominant grapes are Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional) from old vines (around 90 years) aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 14.8% alcohol. Big, fruity and textured with velvet, this is a sexy Pintas with good balance, intensity of flavor and plenty of concentration. The oak needs to be pulled in over a couple of years, but this delicious Pintas is hard to resist even now. It should develop well and improve over the next decade (or two). How well it develops will determine its final ceiling. It is already a star. The question now is how brightly it will shine. I'm not sure it will outdo the recent vintages, but it should hang with them just fine. 


This red offers power, with full, supple tannins containing the ripe black cherry and steeped boysenberry flavors infused with toast, graphite and baking spice accents. A vibrant acidity keeps this focused, with elements of anise and herb marking the finish.

Trodden by foot in open lagars and then aged in wood for nearly two years, this wine is darkly colored and densely textured. It comes from a field blend of old vines. It is richly structured and sure to age well. Don't drink before 2024.


Closing in on 90 years of age, the Vale Mendiz parcel that Jorge Serodio Borges and Sandra Tavares farm for Pintas yielded a voluptuous 2018. The fruit comes first, effusive berries in reds and blues, then the flowers and herbs back it up, and the wine lasts on scents of bay leaf and rosemary. It’s clean and brisk with peppery refinement to the tannins keeping the wine focused and showing off its youthful energy. This will need years in the cellar to reach peak drinking.