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QUNITA DE LA ROSA VINTAGE PORT 2003 QUNITA DE LA ROSA VINTAGE PORT 2003

The 2003 is an outstanding wine, from a great vintage in the Duoro. 2003 was a very hot year and this has produced a wine of great concentration and complexity but with great restraint as one can always expect from la Rosa. The wine has great ageing potential, but is very forward already, which is likely to give it a long drinking window.





VINEYARD
La Rosa is a family-owned and run Quinta near Pinhão - a prime Port-producing area in the Cima Corgo region of the Douro in northern Portugal. La Rosa has always produced fantastic Ports.

Broadly the Douro region is formed of schistous rock and it produces the unique characteristics of Port wine. Generally, the vines are trained double guyot on the terraces but cordon unilateral (or single guyot) for 'vinha ao alto'. All the vines are grafted onto American rootstock.

A high proportion of the blend for the vintage wines comes from Vale do Inferno, found at the end of the property. It was planted by the owner's great Grandfather before the First World War and boasts some of the highest dry stone walls in the Douro.

GRAPE VARIETIES
Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz.

VINIFICATION
2003 was an extremely hot, dry year in the Douro so that the grapes matured well and Rosa started picking the Touriga Nacional on 17th September, relatively early. They picked slowly and consistently with the weather holding out until the last few days. The grapes came into the adega in excellent condition. The port was trodden in granite lagares for three to four days with temperature control.

The more complex lots of 2003 were kept in wooden oak 25 pipe tonels before being blended. The port was bottled in April 2005.

TASTING NOTE
The la Rosa 2003 is very aromatic, full of ripe, mature fruit. The port from the Vale do Inferno vineyards adds an additional more tannic, slightly austere element to the wine. As with many la Rosa ports, the 2003 is elegant, not aggressive but full of concentrated and complex fruit. It will age well, but as it is surprisingly open, it may be enjoyed in the short-term, but should last until 2030 at least.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    19.6% (14.7 units per bottle)




Per Bottle 33.95

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