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Qunita de la Rosa Qunita de la Rosa "La Rosa" Reserva 2008

La Rosa is a family owned and run estate near Pinhao in the Douro valley and has long been associated with fantastic Port. However, since the 1990's they've also been pioneers in developing red Douro table wine. The Reserva red is made in very small quantities, spends 18 months in large oak casks and produces a big, powerful and rich wine full of dark chocolate and coffee flavours.

92 Points from Robert Parker

The La Rosa vineyards are located in the Cima Corgo

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.

Produced from the main port varieties, notably Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão and Touriga Franca, and selected from the best parcels of Quinta de la Rosa's vineyards.

Most of the grapes were trodden in temperature controlled granite lagares; the rest were pumped over in small stainless steel vats. The wine was matured in Allier French oak casks before being bottled in June 2010.

The 2008 Reserve is perhaps the most austere and complex of all the La Rosa wines Jorge Moreira has made so far. Good maturation of fruit with a ripeness and "greediness" to the palate enveloped in herbaceous undertones that gives a certain mystery to the wine. Excellent freshness, somewhat full bodied, the 2008 is an elegant wine that will mature well in the bottle.

CLOSURE:    Natural Cork

ALCOHOL:    14.8% (11.1 units of alcohol)

Per Bottle 25.49


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