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Quinta da Costa do Pinhão Gradual Douro
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Quinta da Costa do Pinhão Gradual Douro 2014

Cima Corga, Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalThe touriga nacional, touriga franca, and tinta roriz for this Douro blend have been farmed by the same family for six generations. Gradual is from 40 year old organically farmed vines in Pinhão, in the Cima Corgo, growing at 300-450 meters. This wine was native fermented partially in schist lagares with foot treading and 40% whole cluster, with 30% fermented in stainless. Post-ferment, the wine aged for a year in French oak barrels prior to bottling. Harmonious in an edgy way, every piece balanced out against the others. Rock roses, plum, dusky wild blueberry, lifted violets, cassis thorns run the lighter palate, framed by very fine, tight and persistent tannins to a fine, salty, lingering finish. There's an effortless buoyancy here, entirely unexpected considering the grapes, but makes perfect sense when you understand that Luis Seabra consults here. A very welcome 12.5 degrees alcohol reassures that Douro reds can be elegant, delicate, and complex.Tasted: 23 August 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 32.00 private wine shops Producer: Quinta da Costa do PinhãoDistributors: Premium Portugal Wines
Blend: Touriga Nacional - Touriga Franca - Tinta RorizCSPC: 212016