Award winning wine writer, Sarah Ahmed, has released “Part Two” of her series on the Duas Quintas 25th Anniversary Vertical Tasting.
While “Part One”, published last month on The Wine Detective, focussed on the Duas Quintas whites, “Part Two” concentrates on the reds.
Duas Quintas, of the famous Port House Ramos Pinto, was founded by brothers Adriano and Antonio, and is still run today by their heirs, João Nicolau de Almeida and Jorge Rosas.
Duas Quintas red wines are made from a blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta-Roriz and Touriga Nacional from the Quinta de Ervamoira and the Quinta dos Bons Ares. The Duas Quintas Reserva is a blend of mostly Touriga Nacional with a small amount of Tinta Barroca.
Sarah Ahmed’s article reveals the (sometimes turbulent!) history behind the Duas Quintas reds:
The eagerly anticipated release of the Duas Quintas maiden red was a “very near miss”.
“Chief Winemaker João Nicolau de Almeida told us he was ‘very happy’ with it at bottling. However, the very next day, he received word of disaster. Hot-footing it back to the Douro from Oporto he discovered that, “in something like the coldest year in a century,” the wine had frozen, forcing the corks out!
… Fortunately, when he tasted the wine it was good. In the end, 80,000 bottles were uncorked of which 60,000 were successfully salvaged and released.”
Following an exceptionally successful Vertical Tasting, comparing the vintages from 1990 to 2013, Ahmed concludes:
“As with the whites, this vertical revealed that the best red wine vintages were often made in generally declared Vintage Port years. The other striking revelation of the tasting was the longevity of the Classico – it offers terrific and complex bang for modest buck”.
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