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Duas Quintas Tinto 2012

Producer Information

Founded in 1880 by Adriano Ramos Pinto, this Port House has always had a pioneering spirit – from the distinctive and stylish ‘art nouveau’ advertising from the 1900s to the continuing wide ranging vineyard research with results that have benefited the whole port trade. Champagne Louis Roederer, now the majority shareholder, perpetuates this philosophy and ensures continuity in a company renowned for wine-making excellence.

Vineyards

Duas Quintas of the name refers to the two Ramos Pinto Douro vineyards where the grapes for this wine are grown.  The hotter Quinta de Ervamoira produces ripe rich flavoured fruit while the high altitude Quinta dos Bons Ares adds freshness and balance.

Winemaking

The grapes were harvested by hand in 150kg  boxes, crushed, destemmed and then fermented in granite wine presses and stainless steel vats where maceration continued for long enough to obtain a wine with the desired body and structure. Following malolactic fermentation, 20% of the wine is aged in barrels of French oak, 30% in tanks and the rest remains in stainless steel vats for 14 months. The wine was bottled in the spring of 2014.

Vintage Information

The harvest in 2012 was marked by low rainfall in winter and the cool temperatures of spring and early summer. The heat in August contributed towards the excellent ripening of the grapes. These factors were reflected especially in the small size of the grapes, in their concentration and freshness.

Tasting Note

Dark garnet colour with red reflections. A fresh aroma with herbal and wild fruit scents, on the palate dark fruits with mild tannins, finishing with freshness and dark plum and cherry fruit aftertaste.

Food Pairing

An excellent choice to serve with Mediterranean dishes such as roasted vegetables, etc. or poultry recipes as well as grilled red meat. Especially recommended wine with ripened sheep cheese.

Serving Suggestion

Serve between 16º and 18º C. Store the bottle upright, in a cool, dry and dark place.

Douro Valley, Portugal
45% Touriga Nacional
35% Touriga Franca
5% Tinta Roriz
5% Tinta da Barca
4% Tinta Barroca
2% Sousão
2% Tinto Cão
2% Tinta Amarela

Cork
13.5%
4.9g/l

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