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The time has come to review a wine from a world renown winemaking zone, a wine quite different and special in its own way, a Wine of Portugal – Reserva Douro 2010 from Quinta de la Rosa. This wine comes from one of the most famous winemaking zones in the world – the Douro Valley, and it’s made mainly of touriga nacional, with some touriga franca and tinta roriz grape varieties – all of them 100% Portugal indigenous varieties.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
The wine has a clear garnet color – quite intense and dense, with the rim-color of a clear purple shade.
The nose is clean and rich, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose bring nuanced notes of black fruits: sour cherry, black currant, pomegranate, black plum, black jostaberry, blackberry and black cherry . After a while the nose is delighted with some noble notes of charred wood and a heavy roasted oakwood – a clear tell of barique maturation.
The wine is bone dry, with no signs of residual sugar. It has high alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin. The overall balance is fair, were acidity is the dominant element, followed by the alcohol content. The wine tastes bitter-seedy, with quite green tannin and zesty mouth-feel. This is an old-world wine, with a rebel soul, as it tends to taste like a new-world wine – extracted, angular and woody.
The wine has a medium finish, with a balanced, just a little tart, aftertaste – it feels quite nuanced and rich.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Portugal and the overall rating says the same, with 89.7 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Last but not least, we would like to mention that this wine is a very good example of how good a Wine of Portugal can be, as it was appreciated with 91 points by Robert Parker and with 94 points by Wine Enthusiast. This only confirms that we’ve stepped on the sacred ground here, and there’s only one way to make a move – forward.
WineStatistics tasting results:
QUINTA DE LA ROSA
Reserva | Douro | 2010
overall rating: | 89.7 |
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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