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Douro 2013, Dourosa, Quinta de la Rosa ($18.25, 12640232)
One third each Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) and Touriga Franca (aka Touriga Francesca) from 20- to 30-year-old vines. Fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperatures. Matured 12 months in large French and Portuguese oak barrels. Minimally filtered. Reducing sugar: 3.0 g/l. 13.5% ABV. says screwcapped (which would be a first for a Portuguese wine in my experience) but my bottle was closed with a cork. Quebec agent: Rézin.
Plum, dark spice, cedar and a little vanilla. Soft and round, both descriptors applying to the fruit, acidity and tannins as well as the overall wine. Medium to full-bodied. Appealing if subdued fruit — as much about minerals and old wood flavour. The flavours are typical of Douro reds but the wine lacks some of the depth, structure and acidic éclat that I recall from earlier vintages and that make its bigger siblings shine. Decent, cocoa-toned finish. Innocuous until you start thinking about it, then coming across as a little flaccid, perhaps the result of the reportedly rainy harvest. A short passage in the fridge, chilling it down to around 16ºC (61ºF), helps. (Buy again? Not when the more interesting estate wine from the excellent 2011 vintage can be had for a mere $3 more.)

Written by carswell

September 1, 2015 at 12:37

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