Jorge Serodio Borges and Sandra Tavares da Silva make two old-vine field blends from their vineyards in the Pinhão Valley’s Vale Mendiz, the epicenter of the Douro region. Pintas Character comes from a 1970 planting, a field blend of 30 varieties, the parcel adjacent to the 1930 planting of more than 35 varieties that produces Pintas. Both wines ferment in stone lagares; Pintas ages for 22 months in oak, 70 percent new, while Character ages 18 months in oak, 50 percent new. In 2015, Character jumps out of the starting gate with the most beautiful scent of the Douro, this wine charged with a wild-strawberry perfume, scents of savory herbs and a brisk delicacy that makes all of its power feel nonchalant. Complex and accessible as a young wine, this will age with grace.review by Joshua Greene
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