SRP of $16 and available for as low as $14. 1,250 cases produced. Imported by Winesellers Ltd. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
“The terroir in the Douro is still largely unexplored and by making wines with balance, harmony and equilibrium from our vineyards, we try to enable the grapes to express themselves in the bottle. The La Rosa style is to make well defined wines without too much extraction, tannin or oak. Wines that are rich and full bodied whilst being fresh and lively with a good acidity.
The douROSA Red 2010 is similar in style to previous years. The wine has plenty of cherry and cassis fruit flavors on the nose, cedar and spice on the palate. There is a good brightness and freshness to the wine despite the hot summer. The wine is perfect to drink with many different types of meals as it has a good equilibrium in tannins and acidity. Drink now or within the next five years.
Today’s wine is the third we’ve tried from the excellent line-up of Quinta de la Rosa table wines. We were first impressed with this label’s white counterpart, the douRosa Douro White Wine 2011 – The Douro Delivers Much More Than Port. We then sampled and absolutely fell in love with the wine that is a step up from today’s red, the Quinta De La Rosa Douro Red 2009 – Perfection From Portugal (And It’s Not Port). And with that we come to today’s “entry-level” red from Quinta de la Rosa.
The 2010 Quinta de la Rosa douRosa Douro Red Wine begins with a very pleasant aroma of black cherry and spice with a hint of cinnamon and menthol. The wine tastes of rich and juicy tart fruit and good spice and has really nice balance. A really enjoyable wine to drink and with great acidity it should do very well with lots of different foods. It ends with very good length — the tart fruit flavors continue in the mouth for a long time. This may be an “entry-level” wine from Quinta de la Rosa but it tastes anything but!
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