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Quinta de la Rosa Tinto

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This is a tidy little wine from Quinta de la Rosa, and has a bit more grunt than the Dourosa Tinto. Smells of dark berries and cherries adorn the nose, along with a lick of dried herbs and spice. The palate is medium-bodied and rich, with succulent berry flavours, poised tannins, and a lush spicy finish. Roast lamb would be the bomb with this wine.

Winemaker's Notes

    Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, from the older dry stone terraced vineyards at La Rosa.                              

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 2008 has a dense, spectacular colour with profound flavours of dark berries with herbaceous undertones. There is plenty of richness and volume on the palate and mature tannins giving the wine an overall rounded, balanced flavour whilst maintaining its freshness. The wine has fantastic length, lingering on the palate. It is easy to say every year that the wine is the best ever but this year I do think Jorge has truly surpassed himself.

Being quite approachable as a young wine, it can either be drunk now or kept for up to 5 or so years. Serve at cellar temperatures, the 2007 is ideal with any meat dish or cheese.


Awards and Accolades


90 Points - Wine Enthusiast 11/2010

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