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Wine & Soul Manoella 2018

DOURO

Regular price $19.99

2018 Manoella 
Wine & Soul
Douro Valley, Portugal
$19.99

88 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate

If you want to know and understand what a great, inexpensive, Douro wine tastes like, this is your wine!  It evolves from the bottle gaining breadth and complexity in spades!

Grapes
60% Touriga Nacional
25% Touriga Franca
10% Tinta Roriz
5% Tinta Francisca
- Foot-trodden in open granite lagares fermented for 8 days at low temperatures.
- Aged for 16 months in used French barriques
- Vines average 43 years-old

- A classic representation of Douro Valley terroir at a GREAT price
- Steep schist hard rock terraces


88 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2018 Tinto Quinta da Manoella, sourced from 35-year-old vines, is mostly a 60/25 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with Tinta Roriz and Tinta Francisca filling out the blend. It was aged for 16 months in used French oak and comes in at 14.4% alcohol. Silky and chock-full of fruit, this has gorgeous mid-palate finesse to go with its fruity demeanor and easy appeal. It's friendly and delicious, a wine you'll like much better than the score suggests in the short term. It lacks some structure ultimately, which gives it a ceiling. It's made to drink now, and it doesn't seem likely to turn into anything much more. Of course, it's only $20. At that price, it's a great house pour or restaurant wine. It's worth leaning up here, at least today.

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