Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Red
89 Points, 2018 Top Values: Big Reds
November 15, 2018, Gillian Sciaretta
“This juicy, full-bodied red features a licorice-tinged core of cherry tart and red currant flavors, with details of violet and mineral. Tangy elements linger into the moderately tannic finish. Drink now through 2025. 35,000 cases made.”
Duas Quintas 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 and Quinta dos Bons Ares, and is a blend of traditional grape varieties that expresses the potential of this most extreme region.
The grapes are harvested by hand in 150kg 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 2018.
The color is red, dense, clean and brilliant, with garnet reflexes. A very scented and exuberant nose with a predominance of wild berry, blueberry, redcurrant, raspberry and notes that remind us of tangerine peel and bergamot blossom. In the mouth it is fresh and vibrant with a good tannic structure. Echoes of the aromas of wild berry as well as plums and a spicy finish. Flavorful and elegant.
The 2016 harvest in the Upper Douro was influenced by a cold, rainy Spring which meant that the vintage began two weeks later than in 2015. By the end of the summer the vines had the capacity to reach a balanced maturation. The hot weather during the vintage is reflected in the expressive aroma of the 2016 wines.
Duas Quintas Red is a wonderful aperitif as it harmonises well with traditional Portuguese cold charcuterie such as paio and presunto, or hot roasted alheiras. It pairs beautifully with poultry dishes that are not too strong but have some fat, such as oven-roasted chicken or turkey. This red is also good with gratins, cod with cream, vegetarian lasagne or cannelloni. A great wine with grilled meat and ideal with cured ewe’s milk cheese. The ideal serving temperature is 60° to 64°F.
Varietals: 45% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 25% Traditional Douro varieties
Wine Alcohol: 13.5%
Titratable Acidity: 5.0 g/L
Suggested Retail Price: $15.00