Beautiful purple color with fresh notes of raspberry, blackberry and spices. On the palate, this wine shows round and velvety tannins, good concentration, and a long finish.
Wine Spectator: Features an aroma of raspberry, with plenty of snap to the chocolate mousse, dark currant and kirsch flavors, accented by hints of mineral and slate. The dense, muscular finish displays elements of mocha, spice and cream. Drink now through 2018. 1,000 cases made.
Robert Parker: The 2010 TINTO “QUINTA DA MANOELLA” is a blend of 60% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinta Roriz and 5% Tinta Francisca. It is easily the bargain of this lineup. If it does not quite have the focus and depth of the big boys, sometimes it seems not so far behind and it is 1/4th of the price. Despite 18 months in used oak, it seems pure and fresh, a wine that is expressive and flavored by its fruit, not its oak. It does not have the depth of its old vines sibling, but it improves rather than fades in the glass and it has more substance than seemed apparent at first. The fifth taste was more interesting than the first. As graceful as it seemed on opening, it added a layer of depth and power, demonstrating that it has a fine backbone and a crisp, sunny edge. This is completely charming. Manoella is a recent acquisition for Wine & Soul and this regular Tinto is as well. It has little track record, warranting some conservatism. It should hold reasonably well, but its appeal is not really based on its potential to develop in the cellar. It will be early maturing and peak early. Hopefully, it does a little more than that at some point, too, but dive in and have fun. Drink now-2021.
Manoella Tinto 2010 is a blend of 60% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinta Roriz, and 5% Tinta Francisca from the Quinta da Manoella Vineyard. The grapes are fermented for 10 days at low temperatures and then foot-trodden in open granite lagares. The wine is aged for 16 months in used French barriques.