SRP of $25 and available for as low as $16. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“Family owned and run, all Estate made from grape to botle, ‘A’ graded grapes, low yields.
Grape Varieties: Touriga Nacional 40%, Tinta Roriz 30% and Touriga Franca 30%
Hand Picked. Matured in French barriques. Aged oak casks for 9 months.
The Douro region in Portugal has a long history with Port. And while there is some truly delicious Port out there (that we will be reviewing in our upcoming series), the most exciting thing coming out of the Douro, at least for me, is table wine. Table wine has been produced here for ages but it was just in the 1990’s that it began to be taken more seriously and widely exported to the rest of the world.
The producer of today’s wine, Quinta de la Rosa, was one of the pioneers in this endeavor to produce world class table wines. We previously reviewed one of their white wines, the douRosa Douro White Wine 2011 – The Douro Delivers Much More Than Port. Today we turn to their Estate Red which uses the same grapes commonly found in Port.
The 2009 Quinta De La Rosa Douro Red begins with a strong aroma of succulent ripe fruit that sucks you right in. The fabulous bouquet features blackberry, plum and even a little banana with vanilla and spice rounding it out. The wine tastes serious! This is a big and delicious full-bodied wine with wonderful complexity. The oak aging is done to perfection adding all the right notes without overdoing it. The La Rosa delivers a smooth, silky and rich texture featuring concentrated, succulent fruit and layers of tasty spice. And despite the big and serious nature of this wine it is quite easy to drink. The finish goes on and on with sweet blackberry notes and loads of spice. It simply doesn’t get much better than this for under $20!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.