Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Reserva Especial
The Wine Advocate
December 1, 2012, Mark Squires
“...it will age well. Beautiful and delicious, it is opening up now and becoming more expressive, while its lurking power occasionally rears its head.”
March 31, 2011, Kim Marcus
“Very sanguine-tasting yet elegant, with a strong spicy element to the dried berry and cherry flavors. Intriguing notes of paprika and pepper linger on the creamy finish.”
August 1, 2010, Robert Parker
“The ’07 is more elegant and refined, a bit more modern and approachable, [...] yet still with some steel and tannin underneath as it airs out, make no mistake there. [...] As the oak integrated, it showed an unusual amount of grace and elegance that winemaker Joao Nicolau de Almeida attributes to the vintage conditions rather than a stylistic change.”
The Douro River Valley of Portugal has the distinction of being the world’s first “denomination of controlled origin,” famous for its wines since the age of the Roman Empire. In more recent centuries, the valley has become best-known for Porto, the sweet, fortified wines that first made their claim in the 18th century British marketplace. Ramos-Pinto, a native Portuguese shipper respected the world over for its excellent port wines, recently decided to reclaim the Douro’s older heritage and reintroduce still wine from this great wine-growing region.
The wine has a highly concentrated color with shades of violet produced by the wine’s youth. The nose is very mineral with hints of India ink and gunpowder. After swirling, aromas of ripe, concentrated fruit, raspberries, blackberries and figs appear. On the palate, the wine shows vast potential, great structure and good balance. This will allow it to age for a long time as the wine develops great aromatic complexity, accompanied by elegance and a lasting finish. We recommend pairing this wine with meat dishes, especially roasted lamb and game, and strong cheeses such as Queijo da Serra and Stilton.
Reserva Especial is produced with grapes from 80-year-old vines at the Quinta do Bom Retiro and Quinta da Urtiga estates. After the grapes are harvested into small containers, they are transferred into granite troughs. At night, the grapes are crushed by foot with the same rigor employed when making Port wine. The grapes are then carefully worked in the trough to achieve a good extraction without losing any of their elegance. Malolactic fermentation takes place in hogshead casks. The wine is then quickly transferred to French oak casks of two or three wines, where it ages for 20 months. The wine stabilizes naturally over two winters. The wine is fined with egg albumin in spring and then bottled.
Varietals: A mixture of grapes from very old vines
Wine Alcohol: 14.5%
Suggested Retail Price: $59.99