Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Reserva Red
The Wine Advocate
August 21, 2018, Mark Squires
“The 2016 Duas Quintas Reserva is mostly a 55/38 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, plus 7% Tinta da Barca, aged for 12 months in a mixture of new, second and third use oak (90% French). It comes in at 14.5%. Elegant, precise and focused, this has a gloriously fresh feel, with intensity of fruit flavor on the big and lifted finish. It's a little lean but simply delicious. Call it mid-palate finesse for the moment. The tannins are moderate, but they are clearly present. They support the fruit well. Don't be fooled by how approachable this is—it will age well and become far more interesting in time. Finally, it is fair to note that this was in bottle only two weeks when seen. It seemed in good shape, but I'd still expect it to flesh out and improve over the next several years.”
Duas Quintas Reserva expresses the strength and complexity of the Upper Douro and the excellence and elegance of Ramos Pinto wines. Ramos Pinto, an iconic Port producer, broke ground when it introduced still wines from the Douro. Duas Quintas Reserva is a graceful wine that has the potential to age into a classic.
The grapes, from selected plots on our Quinta de Ervamoira and Quinta dos Bons Ares, were harvested and sorted by hand, into small boxes. Vinification of the Ervamoira grapes was done in granite lagares, whilst the Bons Ares grapes were vinified in wood and in concrete vats, with long maceration. After running off and pressing in a vertical press, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in vats of 6000 litre and 10000 litre capacity. For 16 months, it was left to age in new one- and two-year-old barrels. The wine was bottled in May 2018.
Intense garnet colour, clear and bright. Sweet to the nose, with a predominance of ripe fruit such as figs and black cherries. Complex spicy notes, reminiscent of turmeric and cinnamon with hints of cocoa appearing later. The first sensation in the mouth is elegant, sober and very fresh. A fine structure and soft tannins.
The 2016 harvest in the Douro Superior was influenced by a cold, wet spring, which meant a late start to the vintage, two weeks later than in 2015. The vines reached the end of the summer with the capacity to attain balanced maturation. The hot climate during the harvest is reflected in the expressive aroma of the 2016 wines.
Duas Quintas Reserva 2016 pairs beautifully with roast leg of lamb, game such as a wild boar stew, or even fish, like grilled cod. It can also complement a cured sheep's milk cheese. The ideal serving temperature is 60° to 64°F.
Varietals: 55% Touriga Nacional, 38% Touriga Franca, 7%Tinta Barca
Wine Alcohol: 15%
Titratable Acidity: 5.4 g/L
Suggested Retail Price: $40.99