Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Reserva Red
The Wine Advocate
July 29, 2022, Mark Squires
“The 2019 Duas Quintas Reserva is a 70/20 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with Tinta da Barca for the rest, all aged for 18 months in 20% new French oak of various sizes. It comes in at a hefty 15.7% alcohol. A big Reserva, this has fine depth and concentration, big fruit flavors and pungent aromatics. There is a serious backbone too. It is, though, the highest I've seen in alcohol (although some might have more generic and less accurate label numbers rather than the actual analytical numbers I seek now). So far, this seems to handle its size and alcohol very well, even if it is a bit of an outlier (but not as much for the Reserva, as the regular in this report is for that lighter-styled brand). In fact, it seems rather delicious and still focused. It's tightly wound but not harsh. Right now, I have to lean up on this but not quite all the way. I'm sure some will find it sensational, but I would like to see some evidence it can hold its balance. The tannins are not hard, so you can try this now. It will still be better in a couple of years, if all goes well.”
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.
Duas Quintas Reserva expresses the strength and complexity of the Upper Douro and the excellence and elegance of Ramos Pinto wines. The balance of the blend is achieved using wines from two estates, Ervamoira and Bons Ares, located at a low (200 m) and a high (600 m) altitude, with schist and granite soils, respectively.
The grapes, from selected plots of land from our vineyards of Ervamoira and Bons Ares, were handpicked and selected in small crates. The grapes from Quinta de Ervamoira were vinified in granite presses and the grapes from Quinta dos Bons Ares in concrete and wooden vats. After pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in 6,000 to 10,000 litre casks. It aged for 18 months in barrels (50%) and in new French oak barrels (20%) and one year old French oak barrels (30%). The wine was bottled in May 2021.
Clean and bright dark red color with grenat reflections. Very lively and fresh, vinous and complex nose. The aromas of ripe fruit blend with fresher, mentholated aromas. Spicy aromas of cloves and black pepper are deeply revealed, all of this involved by a toasted wood very well integrated. Entry in the mouth with volume that lingers as we realize all the aromatic layers of this wine that range from ripe plums and blackberries to fresh from the bucho. Good structure with soft tannins and a freshness that lengthens the aftertaste.
2019 was very dry, with rainfall levels much lower than normal. The temperatures recorded in the first months of 2019 were high and therefore advanced the vegetative cycle of the vineyard. Everything indicated an early harvest, but the mild temperatures of August and September prolonged this cycle and allowed a continued ripening with an ideal level of water stress. At Quinta dos Bons Ares the drought was even more severe, but rains in early summer replenished the water levels in the soil for an optimum end of ripening grapes also at this Quinta. Harvest started on August 28th at Quinta de Ervamoira and continued until early October at Quinta dos Bons Ares. The 2019 harvest was indeed exceptional, with the wines combining fruit, freshness, concentration and tannin quality in perfect harmony.
Duas Quintas Reserva pairs beautifully with roast leg of lamb, bone-in steak, or even fish, like oven-baked cod. It can also complement a cured sheep's milk cheese. The ideal serving temperature is 60° to 64°F.
Varietals: 70% Touriga Nacional, 20% Touriga Francesa, 10%Tinta Barca