What am I: Quinta da Costa do Pinhão is an old Douro Valley estate with over 6 generations of history. It is located in the heart of the Pinhão river valley which sits high above the Douro River. Miguel Morais inherited the property in 2006, and set about to gradually turn the vineyards over to certified organic practices, and apply natural winemaking philosophy in the cellar. The vineyard comprises a mix of plots, with the oldest being over 80 years of age, with altitudes ranging from 250 to 500 meters above sea level.
Miguel’s goal is to make wines where freshness, spice, and vineyard character overtake the more classically know power-fruit driven wines of Douro’s past. The wines are all fermented spontaneously in traditional stone lagar, and the winery takes advantage of its natural hillside location so that gravity can move the wine rather than pumping.
Quinta da Costa do Pinhão Gradual Tinto is classic Douro – plummy fruit, backed by a structure of spice, tobacco, and hints of umami. Tannins are grippy, but not overly so in this approachable, youthful style of natural Douro red wine that has the capacity to age and improve in the bottle.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Douro
Grape Varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinto Roriz
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%