Our 2013 Pedra e Alma has recently been bottled so I took the opportunity to drink a bottle at the weekend. Looking back at my notes from the 2013 vintage, it was a late harvest that began in searing heat and ended (in early October) in the rain. It was a successful year for Trincadeira and we picked the old vine fruit just before the weather broke at the end of September. On opening Pedra e Alma 2013 seems to be a rather solid, demure and unyielding wine. But I drank a bottle over four days and the wine opened up to reveal a tight-knit but well-balanced red with fine grained, sinewy tannins. It has a promising future ahead and should be ready for release in the first half of next year.
19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)
17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)
15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)
13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)
10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)
8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)
Below 8 Faulty