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.
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.
The grapes, harvested by hand in 150 kilos boxes, are crushed and the stalks moved for fermentation in lagares and in stainless steel vats, where maceration is prolonged for the time needed to obtain a wine with the desired body and structure. After the malolactic fermentation,20% of the wine is aged in French oak casks, 30% in barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for 13 months.
The 2017 harvest will be remembered for the speed at which the grapes ripened. The dry winter and high temperatures in spring were the main cause of this phenomenon. We would have to go back to 1995 to find another such early harvest. The grapes were in the ideal conditions of health and yields were low. The profile of the 2017 harvest is mature, rich and scented.
Intense dark cherry color with ruby reflexes. A mature and intense vinous nose, showcasing the scent of plums and berries; when shaken the scent is transformed into complex balsamic notes. Concentrated in the mouth, with a compact structure, and silky, well-defined tannins. Its complexity offers hints of blackberries and liquorice. Duas Quintas Red 2017 is a fine example of the classic Duas Quintas style.
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.
Serve between 16º and 18º C. Store the bottle upright, in a cool, dry and dark place.
Douro Valley, Portugal
45% Touriga Nacional
30% Touriga Franca
25% Traditional Douro grape varieties: Tinta Roriz, Tinta da Barca, Tinta Barroca, Sousão, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela