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2016 DouRosa, Tinto, Quinta de la Rosa, Douro, Portugal

2016 DouRosa, Tinto, Quinta de la Rosa, Douro, Portugal

Red | Drink now | Quinta De La Rosa | Code:  49911 | 2016 | Port Wine > Vintage Port | Other Varieties | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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WA

87/100

WA - The 2016 Tinto douROSA is unoaked and comes in at 14% alcohol. This is a fruity little Beaujolais-styled wine, but it typically does nicely. Its fresh fruit and vivid flavor are supported by its structure as a rule, some acidity to go with ripe tannins. Its freshness makes it sing. So, too, this year. I think the 2015 year was better for this style, granting that they are not side by side, but there isn't a huge difference in style, just changes along the margins. This is very pretty, a perfect summer red, something you can drink casually and a little cooler than normal. It is nicely priced and made for immediate consumption. It may hold a bit, but drink it as young as possible. It is worth leaning up just now.
Mark Squires - 29/06/2018

The Producer

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)

The Grape

Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

The Region

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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