Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Reserva White
The Wine Advocate
July 29, 2022, Mark Squires
“The 2021 Duas Quintas Reserva Branco is almost all Rabigato this year, mostly unoaked, with only 25% of the juice in (mostly) French barrels, only 10% new. It comes in at 13.1% alcohol. Wonderfully fresh, this also projects some concentration, but most of all it just dances across the tongue, perfectly expressing the Rabigato. This was only in bottle about two weeks when seen. It was showing well, but it certainly has some room to improve. This is a beauty, among the best I've seen, with some potential to improve more.”
The Duas Quintas brand is synonymous with a blend of highland and lowland soils, maturity and freshness, schist and granite. The Duas Quintas Reserva white is made from a selection of grape varieties with personality, high natural acidity and remarkable aromatic complexity, a wine with structure to be enjoyed while young and which can evolve well during the ageing process. A wine that conveys the potential of Ramos Pinto's estate vineyards.
The grapes from the best plots are hand-harvested at Quinta de Ervamoira and Quinta dos Bons Ares. Following cold maceration of the grape bunches for a period of 24 hours, the must is obtained by careful, soft pressing The clean must ferments in stainless steel vats (75%) and in French and Austrian oak barrels (25%) of various capacities and then ages for 9 months on fine lees. This wine was bottled in May 2021.
Clear and bright, pale yellow in color. Expressive on the nose, with notes of yellow and citrus fruits. Other aromas of peach, grapefruit zest and ripe lemon also stand out. It is in the mouth that one grasps the distinctive character of Duas Quintas Reserva White, smooth at the start and evolving in crescendo, accompanied by many complex aromas: exotic, like pineapple, softer and fresher like bergamot and boxwood. A wine with unparalleled texture. A long, vivid and fresh finish with further aromas to be enjoyed.
2021 was marked by a very cool summer. Water reserves in the soil and high temperatures in the early spring accelerated the start of the growing cycle. Water stress was never high. Duas Quintas Reserva White 2021 is an elegant wine. Its complex textures and aromas blend in perfect harmony with the unparalleled freshness that was provided this year.
Ideal as an aperitif to enjoy this wine’s elegance and harmony. We recommend serving it with shellfish, octopus dishes or with fish. It is excellent with goat’s cheese. The ideal serving temperature is 55ºF and 59ºF.
Varietals: 95% Rabigato, 2% Arinto, 3% Códega
Wine Alcohol: 13%