Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Red
Wine & Spirits
90 Points, Best Buy
February 1, 2018, Josh Greene
“A terrific vintage of this classical blend, nesting ripe fruit grown in the hot riverside slopes of the far Douro Superior with cooler flavors of grapes grown at high altitude, this is firm and juicy, with dark purple-berry flavors and black-olive notes. Earthy tannic power comes up in the end, but those tannins have precision, adding to the wine’s presence rather than overwhelming it. The fresh flavors are ready to enjoy with roast squad, turkey or a simple grilled burger.”
November 30, 2017, Gillian Sciaretta
“This fresh, full-bodied red shows focus, with firm, integrated tannins guiding the plum, wild raspberry and sandalwood flavors underscored by graphite, pepper and spice accents. Aromas of tea and underbrush add detail to the long finish.”
The Wine Advocate
August 31, 2017, Mark Squires
“The 2015 Duas Quintas is a blend of 39% Touriga Nacional and 34% Touriga Franca, with the rest a field blend of miscellaneous others typical of the region, like Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela. About half the juice was aged in wood (20% in well-used French barriques, 30% in tonels) for 13 months. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This is a wonderful and classic regular 2015 tinto. As the pattern goes, this level generally has only modest concentration compared to the Reserva or years like 2011, but it has a wonderfully fresh feel that lifts intensely flavorful fruit. So, too, here—and in a year like this, you can double down on the freshness and flavor. Delicious and fruit forward yet beautifully supported by its acidity, this is a wine that is pretty hard to resist just now. It may not have grandeur, but it is worth leaning up on in its exuberant youth. It’s not just a fruit bomb, by the way. It also has the structure to age a bit. They traditionally do. In this year, though, the gorgeous fruit and fresh feel may make you dive in pretty fast. This is a super bargain in a lighter-styled, fresh red, what I call a “summer red” these days. Don't drink it too warm.”
Duas Quintas by Ramos Pinto embodies the precision, freshness and richness of the wines from this iconic Douro still wine producer. Duas Quintas Red is a wine from the region of Douro Superior, more specifically from Quinta de Ervamoira (150 metres altitude) and Quinta dos Bons Ares (600 metres altitude), and is a blend of traditional grape varieties that expresses the potential of this most extreme region. Reinvigorating Duas Quintas’ style and quality is winemaker Teresa Ameztoy; valedictorian of her DNO (National Oenological Diploma) class at Faculté d’Oenologie, Bordeaux; and cousin of President Jorge Rosas. Ameztoy and the winemaking team onsite at the estates ensure the meticulous crafting of this wine that reflects the unique terroirs of Quinta dos Bons Ares and Quinta de Ervamoira. 2015 was a balanced year with good maturation of our vineyards in the Upper Douro. The summer was dry with variable temperatures. The sunny weather and the excellent condition of the grapes led to a quality vintage producing aromatic, expressive and full-bodied wines. Duas Quintas Red 2015 is a mature, balanced, smooth and consistent wine.
The grapes are harvested by hand in 150 kilo boxes, crushed and de-stemmed, and then fermented in granite lagares and stainless steel vats where the grapes are macerated for as long as is needed to obtain a wine with the desired body and structure. After malolactic fermentation, 20% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels, 30% in big oak vats and the remainder stored in stainless steel vats for 13 months. The wine was bottled in February 2017.
Dark garnet in colour, with cherry reflections, clean and bright. An intense and mature bouquet with floral aromas of plum and black cherry. At the end the aroma becomes more complex with notes of spices and woods. In the mouth, the wine is soft and smooth with aromas of ripe fruit. Flavourful and elegant.
We recommend Duas Quintas Red 2015 as an aperitif. Try it also with baked pasta dishes such as four-cheese cannelloni or else with the traditional fried alheiras or grilled pork ribs. Intense poultry dishes such as chicken muambo, chicken curry and duck rice in the oven also pair harmoniously with this wine. It is excellent with cured sheep’s milk cheeses. Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC. Store the bottle horizontally in a cool, dry place, away from the light.
Varietals: 39% Touriga Nacional, 34% Touriga Franca, 27% Traditional Douro varieties
Wine Alcohol: 14%
Titratable Acidity: 5.0
Suggested Retail Price: $15.00