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


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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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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The Douro region begins 100km inland from Porto and extends east to the Spanish border. With its winding river, sculptured terraced hillsides and wild, hilly vistas it is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.

Dominated by the region’s famous fortified Ports, the Douro’s still wines are gaining a rapidly improving reputation. Most top wines are labelled as Douro DOC (Denominação de Origem Controlada) although there are also some good wines using French grape varieties (not authorised under the DOC) that are labelled as Vinho Regional Terras Durienses.

With much of the areas overlapping, the Douro DOC covers almost 38,000ha, the Vinho Regional slightly more (45,500ha) and the DO for Port slightly less (32,000ha). The region’s soils benefit from a thick layer of schist on top of the typical granite that abounds in most of northern Portugal. The schist absorbs and radiates heat back into the vines, while allowing the limited amount of rain to seep far into the ground and the vine roots to delve deep into the vertical planes.

The wines are predominantly red and range from relatively light, lively and fruity to deep, dark, concentrated and fully-flavoured. The former tend to be made from Rabigato, Gouveio, Codega, Donzelinho, Malvasia Fina and Viosinho while the latter come from the better-known Port varieties: Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, Tinta Francesca, Tinto Cão, Bastardo, Mourisco Tinto, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Barroca. Classic French varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer are also planted and used to produce the Vinho Regional wines.

Recommended Producers: Quinta de la Rosa, Jorge Moreira, Altano

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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