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Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Reserva 2013

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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This wine is an intense, dark color. Young, it has fine and complex aromas of hummus, spices, violets and orange blossoms. With age, the wine will gradually blend, producing a deep and intense bouquet in the bottle reminiscent of red berries and fresh soil. In the mouth, Duas Quintas Reservas Red 2013 is powerful yet velvety, with the elegance that always characterizes Duas Quintas Reservas.

Recommended to pair this wine with eggplant tagine, bean stew, or game dishes such as partridge rice, wild boar stew, or roasted and stuffed turkey. Try it also with creamy Serra cheese or with Stilton.

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W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
All about gentleness and harmony, this vintage of DQ Reserva shows the figgy ripeness of fruit from Ervamoira, a riverside vineyard near Foz Coa in the Douro Superior, balanced by fresher notes of purple plums, reflecting fruit from the cooler, high elevations of Bons Ares. It's meaty and lusciously rich, integrating oak tannins into a reserved and elegant lasting impression.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
A powerful dense wine that is rich and firmly structured, so it has big bold black fruit flavors that are still firmly embedded in dark tannins. It is a fine complex wine, the fruit of two of Ramos-Pinto's quintas in the Douro Superior. Keep this wine until 2018 at least. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, this brand was the among the first Douro still wines. Cellar Selection.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Duas Quintas Reserva is a blend of 66% Touriga Nacional, 21% Touriga Franca and 13%Tinta Barca, fermented in large vats and aged for 16 months in a mixture of new, second and third use barrels. Not showing quite the density of some, it still has gorgeous structure and beautiful fruit. It is a very nice effort in a difficult vintage, but it is showing very little now except its power. Lots of aeration allowed, this might be a bit more interesting, but all you can do with this just now is cellar it. At the moment, it doesn't quite have the concentration of some of the stars here, but they didn't seem quite as concentrated when young, either. This will be released in mid-2016. Rating: 90+
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Ripe and juicy, with concentrated flavors of Asian spice, dark plum and forest floor, supported by fresh acidity and medium-grained tannins. The creamy finish is long and rich. Drink now through 2020.
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Ramos Pinto, Portugal
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Founded by Adriano Ramos Pinto in 1880, Casa Ramos Pinto rapidly became noted, at the time, for its innovative and enterprising strategy. Associated with quality bottled wines, it began operating on the Brazilian market in the early 20th century and quickly became responsible for half of the wine exported to South America, whilst it was still conquering generations of loyal customers in Portugal and Europe. These were the natural results of a forward thinking strategy, based on the modernisation of selection, batching and ageing circuits, and the special care which Adriano Ramos Pinto devoted to the packaging and promotion of his wines.

Aware that the quality of its wines were confined to the earth of the wine producing Douro, Casa Ramos Pinto meticulously studied this Demarcated Region, and eventually became the owners of a number of estates with very special characteristics. The objective was to ensure the control and quality of the whole production process. By perfecting its wines, Ramos Pinto created unique nectars with its own signature.

In 1990, Casa Ramos Pinto became part of the Roederer Group, whose history has identical characteristics. The qualities that gave fame to Casa Ramos Pinto now took on an international dimension.

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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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