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Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port 2011

Port from Portugal
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    20% ABV
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      20% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      The Quinta de Roriz 2011 Vintage Port has a powerful, floral nose with hints of tar and green tobacco. On the palate, there is fresh blackberry and red plum, finishing with licorice and mineral elements.

      Blend: 42% Touriga Nacional, 28% Touriga Franca, 18% Tinta Francisca, 12% Sousao

      Critical Acclaim

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      WS 95
      Wine Spectator
      This shows a tight beam of cream and spice, focusing the lush flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, plum confit and violet. The lilting finish presents fig and date notes to the dark chocolate accents.
      WE 94
      Wine Enthusiast
      This structured, dark, brooding wine is closed up at this stage. It’s a wine with serious tannins, powerful spiciness and plenty of concentration. A dry core is surrounded by the fruit, hinting at potentially rich texture.
      RP 93
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      The 2011 marks the first Quinta do Roriz under the Prats & Symington ownership and is a blend of 42% Touriga Nacional, 28% Tinta Franca, 18% Tinta Francisca and 12% Sousao. There is a slight rancio character on the Quinta do Roriz, with raisin, a touch of prune and tobacco. The palate is smooth and voluptuous on the entry with layers of cassis, boysenberry and salted licorice. It is very refined and focused with a mouth-lacquering, almost viscous finish. It has good potential, but needs to show more flair.

      Range: 91-93 Points

      JS 90
      James Suckling
      Aromas of dried blueberries and blackberries. Hints of minerals. Full body, firm tannins and a bright acidity. Tangy and fine. Try in 2021.
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      Quinta de Roriz

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      Quinta de Roriz, Portugal

      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.

      Portugal

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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.

      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.

      WWH130137_2011 Item# 131369