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Quinta de la Rosa Reserva Red 2012

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  • W&S91
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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

On the palate there is a vigor and liveliness to the wine and, as the aromas suggest, intense complexity and completeness. Its equilibrium enables the wine to show well young but at the same time it has an enormous potential for aging.

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RP 92
The 2012 Reserva is an old vines field blend consisting principally of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in new French oak barriques. This is a remarkably elegant Reserva, with a graceful mid-palate and restrained feel, plus some tannic pop on the finish. The fruit is lifted and fresh, although there is a touch of smoke in the background that seemed a bit reductive in nature. It announced that it really is a Reserva with its structure. It tightens fast with aeration and becomes quite gripping on the finish. This is an intriguing Reserva that takes some time to get into, but ultimately it shows extremely well. That bit of smoky funk blew off completely by the next day. The only question will be whether its mid-palate allows it to develop as well as I'd hope. I think it will, as it eventually fleshed out a bit, seeming more elegant than thin. The fine fruit and graceful demeanor will be extremely appealing to many people. It will make a great food wine, too. It should be approachable relatively young, but it does need some time to settle, pull in oak and smooth out some tannins.
W&S 91
A plumy blend of tourigas nacional and franca, this feels concentrated without feeling monolithic or heavy. Hints of green herb add space within the tannins, keeping the purple fruit in check and bringing out a musky, animal-like funkiness. This should develop complexity over the next several years in the cellar.
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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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