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Quinta de Roriz Reserva Douro 2003

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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, , 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.

Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture that is virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes are grown just about everywhere throughout the country—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The defining geographical feature of the country is the Apennine Mountain range, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south. The island of Sicily nearly grazes the toe of Italy’s boot, while Sardinia lies to the country’s west. Climate varies significantly throughout the country, with temperature being somewhat more dependent on elevation than latitude, though it is safe to generalize that the south is warmer. Much of the highest quality viticulture takes place on gently rolling, picturesque hillsides.

Italy boasts more indigenous varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but their use is declining in popularity, especially as younger growers begun to take interest in rediscovering forgotten local specialties. Sangiovese is the most widely planted variety in the country, reaching its greatest potential in parts of Tuscany. Nebbiolo is the prized grape of Piedmont in the northwest, producing singular and age-worthy wines at its best. Other important varieties include Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola, and of course, Pinot Grigio.

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BOS30067444_2003 Item# 93415

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