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Quinta de la Rosa Reserva Red 2011

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

A profound, almost opaque color, this 2011 wine has enormous intensity and aromatic complexity with layer upon layer of flavors. Starting with red fruit, moving to black and finishing with wild forest fruit with a touch of spice. On the palate there is a vigour and liveliness to the wine and, as the aromas suggest, intense complexity and completeness. This is a great reserve wine from Quinta de la Rosa, concentrated and structured but at the same time elegant and balanced. Its equilibrium enables the wine to show well young but at the same time it has an enormous potential for ageing.

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WS 95
Wine Spectator
A powerful red, with a luscious spiced aroma and rich, ripe and intense flavors of blackberry, dark plum, boysenberry and black licorice. This is backed by plenty of fresh acidity, presenting a crisp finish filled with zesty spiced cherry notes. Drink now through 2022.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Reserva is La Rosa’s familiar field blend, aged for 18 months in new French oak and sourced from 25-year-old vines. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This has some competition compared to recent vintages here, but it is a marvelously elegant and crisp Reserva with impeccable balance that will be impossible to resist. It reminds me most of the 2001, which developed beautifully. Overall, it has a certain St. Julien feel to it, relatively speaking, of course. The tannins are reasonably well-integrated and the wine has a silky texture, always graceful but never wimpy. Underlying the fresh, young fruit is a surprising minerality as an aftertone. It is hard to believe that it had 18 months of new oak not long ago. It is already reasonably integrated and that should get better. This is, however, rather mute at the moment. While I appreciated its understated elegance and finesse, plus the promise for the future, it does need to wake up more. I gave it a few more hours to get some hints. It became a bottle you can drink, not just admire. I liked it more and more as it evolved. I’m betting on it and I suspect a couple of years of cellaring will show this fleshing out, evolving beautifully, and becoming more expressive and impressive. There were 2,100 six-packs produced. Drink 2016-2027
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Powerful and tannic, this is a dense and complex wine. Made from selected barrels, it is structured as well as rich in fruit. Blackberry flavors come through the dry tannins and give acidity as well as ripeness. It's a wine that will need time; don't drink before 2017. Cellar Selection.
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Quinta de la Rosa

Quinta de la Rosa

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Quinta de la Rosa, Portugal
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Quinta de la Rosa was one of the pioneers of making and selling table wines and olive oil in addition to port directly from the estate. These products are produced, matured and bottled on the Quinta and not in Vila Nova da Gaia as is the case with other shippers. It can be argued that this helps give our ports a dry and stylish nutty flavour. A combination of the best of the old with the new, treading in granite lagares and using stainless steel and temperature controlled technology, together with careful handling of natural materials (such as oak casks for the table wine and large old tonels for the port), ensures that wines of the highest quality are made. As everything is grown, made and bottled on the estate, Quinta de la Rosa is one of the few true "Single Quintas"; it is not a second brand used by most large shippers for their "off Vintage" port years.

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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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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 enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. 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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