2017 Estate Tinto, Quinta de la Rosa, Douro, Portugal

2017 Estate Tinto, Quinta de la Rosa, Douro, Portugal

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2017 Estate Tinto, Quinta de la Rosa, Douro, Portugal

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Everyone loves a good value magnum and this little gem from Quinta de la Rosa will go down a storm. A still red wine from a warmer-than-usual vintage in the Douro, this is succulent and ripe, with sweet, luscious blueberry fruit. The tannins are plentiful, yet are soft and gentle, building upon the sense of generosity in the wine. Rich and beautiful yet lifted by the freshness typical of this estate, this is really very impressive indeed.
Catriona Felstead MW, Wine Buyer (November 2020)
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About this WINE

Quinta De La Rosa

Quinta De La Rosa

Quinta de La Rosa is a small estate in the heart of the Port wine-growing region in Alto Douro, near Pinhao, owned and operated by the Bergqvist family: Tim, his wife Patricia, son Philip and his two daughters, Sophia and Olivia, with the aid of the talented winemaker Jorge Moreira since 2002

The Quinta and its vineyards were given to Tim's mother as a Christening present by her parents, the Feurheerds, who established the property in 1906.

It remains one of the few Single Quintas where the vineyards start at the bank of the Douro and rise 450 meters to the towering top of the mountain. From the river's edge to the top, one passes through 11 different microclimates. This gives La Rosa great flexibility to add variety and complexity to its Port.

La Rosa and Tim Berqgvist are special. In many ways they represent what the Douro is all about... pride, courage, tradition, and the determination to produce the finest product from in one of natures' most difficult climactic conditions.

Quinta de la Rosa produces small quantities of superb quality Ports and red wine (Val da Clara Douro label)

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Vintage Port

Vintage Port

Vintage Port accounts for only a small percentage of the total Port production - which includes Tawny, Ruby, Late Bottled Vintage, Single Quinta Vintage styles, among others - but is the finest, longest-lived and most expensive style that is produced. The best are as good as any wine in existence.

With the exception of legendary vineyards like Quinta do Noval Nacional and Quinta do Vesuvio, Vintage Port is made from a blend of wines from a producer's finest plots. It is aged for around 18 months in wooden casks before bottling; from then on the watch-word is patience. At least 15 years ageing – and for the top wines it will be significantly longer – is required before the tannins, spirit and fruit are fully integrated. Indeed, the finest examples can last well over 50 years. 

Vintage Port is only made in exceptional years (normally around three times per decade) with considerable stylistic variation between different years and shippers. However, they all share a sweet, warming, spicy richness, power and complexity. In other good but not great vintages, many shippers produce a  Single Quinta Vintage Port from their finest vineyard. These are made in the same way and have the same style as Vintage Port but tend to mature faster and are less profound. All Vintage Port throws a sediment as it matures, and thus requires decanting.

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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate88/100
The Wine Advocate88/100
The 2017 Tinto is a 60/12 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca with 8% Tinta Roriz, 5% Souso and the rest from old vines, all aged for 12 months in used French oak. It comes in at 13.4% alcohol. It is mostly sourced from the winery's Lamelas vines (about 30 years old). In a big and eccentric Douro year, this controls everything well. It's ripe and fruity, but never over the top. In fact, it has good solidity in the mid-palate as well as good balance. It also has a touch of jam in its youth and finishes with that fruit-forward demeanor. It was still a touch closed when I saw it, but it should open fast and be more or less ready by the time you read this. It won't really need any cellaring, but it should hold reasonably well for several years. Drink it on the younger side, though, no matter how long it theoretically lasts, to preserve what it does best. It may not stay at peak for all of its useful life.
Mark Squires - 30/04/2019 Read more