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 Tinto is the “Estate Red”; in between the old vine Peladosa and entry-level Gradual, this is where it all comes together with aromas and flavors that simultaneously suggest drinkability and age-worthiness. The wine is full of pepper and plum in the nose and shows well-integrated oak aging on the exceptionally smooth, yet well-structured palate. A text-book Douro red wine, in the new/old style of emphasizing terroir over alcohol and fruit over oak barrels.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Douro
Grape Varieties: Mixed varietals from old vineyards including Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%