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Quinta de la Rosa Vintage Port (375ML half-bottle) 2011

Port from Portugal
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    20% ABV
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      20% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      This port has enormous concentration of color with great aromatic complexity: blackberry, blackcurrant, and a hint of mint flavors. On the palate, it is very full bodied with enveloping, mature, ripe tannins and grip, so that it will age well.

      Critical Acclaim

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      WS 95
      Wine Spectator
      Refined, with flavors of dark plum, dried blackberry, mineral and tar. This offers lively hints of dried mint, showing some cedary accents. Features impressive lift on the finish, accented by chocolate notes. Best from 2030 through 2060.
      WE 95
      Wine Enthusiast
      A densely tannic wine, firm at the center and richly fruity on the outside. It is concentrated, with acidity shooting through the jammy black fruit. It's a finely structured wine, likely to age well, but showing its rich side already.
      RP 92
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      The Quinta de la Rosa 2011 has a relatively lighter, nevertheless well-defined, “light-hearted” bouquet that disguises its spirit well. The palate has a soft, rounded, viscous entry with kirsch, fresh prune and cassis all vying for attention. It lacquers the mouth but does not overpower, and its parting gift is a long sweet molasses-tinged finish. This is one of the more accessible declarations and a joy. Range: 90-92
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      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 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.

      Blended from the most important red grapes of the Duoro Valley, Port is the famous fortified wine from Portugal. It is based on the Touriga Nacional grape with over 80 other varieties approved for use in the blend. However, typically about four other varieties play a major role: Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Touriga Francesa. Other wine regions of the world can produce fortified wine of a similar style from the same grapes or other grapes.

      There are numerous styles of Port: Ruby, Tawny, Vintage, LBV, White, Colheita, and a few unusual others.

      Ruby ports usually pack the most value and are ready to drink once bottled. Typical characteristics are ripe cherry and blackberry flavors with stewed plums, cocoa and dates.

      Tawny ports are “tawny” in color and have flavors of toffee, caramel, toasted pecans, vanilla, dried apricot, citrus peel, green figs and roasted espresso. The age designation on a Tawny Port indicates the average vintage age of the grapes in the bottle.

      When Port is made with high quality grapes selected from a single notable vintage, it is called Vintage Port. Some of the best recent vintages are 2011, 2009, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997 and 1994. Vintage Ports are complex and full-bodied with many flavors possible: concentrated blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and spice, smoke, coffee and chocolate.

      LBV Port comes from a single-vintage Ruby Port and may spend six years in the barrel before being bottled. These are ready to drink upon release. Serve most Ports slightly chilled at around 55-65°F.

      STC627625_2011 Item# 127018