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Quinta da Romaneira Douro 2009

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Winemaker Notes

Fresh and balanced, its intense bright fruit, wild spicy character and strong but fine and elegant tannins, are typical expressions of the great vineyard of Romaneira. Licorice notes redolent of the anise plants that grow wild in the Quinta.

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W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
Christian Seeley and Antonio Agrellos of Quinta do Noval (see above) are also involved in a rather ornate wine and hospitality project just upriver at Romaneira. While the ambitious hotel closed after the economic crash and has yet to reopen, the vineyard and winery are putting out some astonishing wines. Agrellos blended this 2009 from tourigas nacional and franca, with a little roriz and tinto cao. I could just say it smells great and stop there. But I’d be leaving out the sense of quiet elegance that layers the wine in perfectly ripe cherry flavor and a cushion of tannins. It seems to create an architectural space in the mouth, framing the steep Douro canyon into a lasting flavor.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
From a great year in the Douro, this is a complex, impressive wine. It has elegance rather than brute power, pushed forward by smooth yet dry tannins and ripe black fruits. A touch of spice, balanced acidity and a great potential for aging. Cellar Selection.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Tinto, the estate wine just labeled as “Quinta da Romaneira,” was aged for 14 months in second year French barriques. It is a 60/30 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with equal portions of Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cão filling out the blend. I've tracked this periodically over the years. It has never turned into anything particularly dramatic, but it has consistently improved and integrated parts to a point where it is a complete pleasure to drink, smooth and flavorful. While my early projections in terms of score were pretty much where I want them to be, it is still worth noting how delicious this is at the moment and how graceful. In this big, big vintage, this is curiously restrained. That makes it actually drinkable. It still has the wherewithal to tighten a bit with air.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Big, ripe and juicy, offering luscious flavors of dark cherry and red plum, with hints of paprika and light smoke. Features medium-grained tannins and juicy acidity. The finish lengthens out with spicy and toasty notes. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Cao.
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Quinta da Romaneira

Quinta da Romaneira

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Quinta da Romaneira, Portugal
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Romaneira is one of the great historic Quintas of the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal, on a spectacularly beautiful site overlooking the Douro river facing south, its rocky soil lending its particular character to the wines.

Recently a new and exciting chapter has been added to Romaneira's long and illustrious story, with the emergence of Romaneira as a key player in the "Douro Revolution": the discovery that our ancient local grape varieties can be used to make not only excellent Port wines, but increasingly also outstanding unfortified wines that are finding their place among the great wines of the world, while being an expression of our unique terroir.


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Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent dry wines, Portugal is unique in that it relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to the west on the Iberian Peninsula, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, perhaps due in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. Portugal is a long and narrow country, which makes for considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast. With the exception of Port, most Portuguese wines have struggled to garner attention in the international marketplace, perhaps due to the unfamiliar and difficult to pronounce nature of most of its grape varieties and terminology, which means that there are many excellent values to be discovered here by the adventurous consumer. The country is perhaps better known for being the world’s leader in cork production than for its wine.

Port, made in the Douro Valley, is the fortified wine for which Portugal is most famous. The same region also produces full-bodied dry wines made from the same set of grape varieties, which include Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo). The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast. Other dry wines of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of the north, the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão, and the bold, jammy reds of the Alentejo.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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