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Quinta de Roriz Reserva Douro 2003

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Winemaker Notes

Can be drunk but this wine will continue to age superbly in bottle over the next few years. Decanting will bring out this wine's finest attributes.

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This wine is the result of a Symington Family partnership with Joao van Zeller. Because of this historic Quinta with roots going back to the 18th century, Tempranillo is known as Tinta Roriz in the Douro. This estate often presents some of the best values in the Douro, serious wines for modest money. The 2003 Reserva is a blend of Touriga Nacional (55%), Touriga Franca (30%) and Tinta Roriz (15%) raised for 12 months in new French oak. This wine is an excellent value, showing sweet, flavorful young fruit, as well as soft, velvety edges. It has some brightness as well. It is elegant in the mid-palate, but expands with air. It does not seem to project the pure power that the 2002 version of this wine did, but I liked its balance better. Despite its soft initial presentation, an hour of air brings out the tannins and a backbone, and at three hours it shows fine integration of its components and increasingly flavorful fruit. It should repay some cellaring. Drink now-2014.

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Quinta de Roriz

Quinta de Roriz

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Quinta de Roriz, , Portugal
Quinta de Roriz
Quinta de Roriz is one of the oldest and finest estates in the Douro and has been owned by the van Zeller family since 1815. Historical records show that Roriz was the very first Quinta Port to be exported and the first Quinta to establish an international reputation for the quality of its wines. During much of the 19th Century, Roriz was considered one of the greatest of Vintage Ports, and it is intended to re-establish this standing in the 21st Century.

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Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of spice, Rhône red blends originated in France’s Southern Rhône valley and have become popular in Priorat, Washington, South Australia, and California’s Central Coast. In the Rhône itself, 19 grape varieties are permitted for use, but many of these blends, are based on Grenache and supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre, earning the nickname “GSM blends.” Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are perhaps the best-known outposts for these wines. Other varieties that may be found in Rhône blends include Carignan, Cinsault, and Counoise.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.

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Some regions like to put their own local spin on the Rhône red blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin, and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or even Tempranillo make an appearance.

BOS30067444_2003 Item# 93415

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