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Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas 2015, Douro
 

$13.99 btl. | $74.00 ½ case ($12.33) reg. $19.99
 

90 points, Wine Advocate

90 points, Wine Spectator

90 points, Best Buy, Wine and Spirits

 

This is a classic example of an excellent dry red table wine from a venerable Port producer and is a perfect example of the largely untapped potential that non-dessert wines from Portugal hold for the value conscious consumer. This is a wine that some critics would refer to as a "no brainer". It is rich, layered, inexpensive and delicious. Truly an under the radar must-have wine.

Duas Quintas Red is a wine from the region of Douro Superior utilizing fruit from two estates, Quinta de Ervamoira and Quinta dos Bons Ares, one at a lower riverside elevation and the other from a cooler high altitude site, and is a blend of traditional grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca among others.

A deep garnet to rim, there are aromas of smoked beef, blackberry, sage, coffee bean and a little bit of toast. Rich blackberry flavors with a slight earthiness and a nice lift of acidity that balances the richness on a long finish.

Winemaker notes:

“Dark garnet in color, with cherry reflections, clean and bright. An intense and mature bouquet with floral aromas of plum and black cherry. At the end the aroma becomes more complex with notes of spices and woods. In the mouth, the wine is soft and smooth with aromas of ripe fruit. Flavorful and elegant.

Duas Quintas Red 2015 is wonderful as an aperitif. Try it also with baked pasta dishes such as four-cheese cannelloni or else with the traditional fried alheiras or grilled pork ribs. Intense poultry dishes such as chicken muambo, chicken curry and duck rice in the oven also pair harmoniously with this wine. It is excellent with cured sheep’s milk cheeses.

Blend: 39 % Touriga Nacional, 34% Touriga Franca, 27% Traditional Douro varieties”

90 points, Wine Advocate:

“The 2015 Duas Quintas is a blend of 39% Touriga Nacional and 34% Touriga Franca, with the rest a field blend of miscellaneous others typical of the region, like Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela. About half the juice was aged in wood (20% in well-used French barriques, 30% in tonels) for 13 months. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This is a wonderful and classic regular 2015 tinto. As the pattern goes, this level generally has only modest concentration compared to the Reserva or years like 2011, but it has a wonderfully fresh feel that lifts intensely flavorful fruit. So, too, here—and in a year like this, you can double down on the freshness and flavor. Delicious and fruit forward yet beautifully supported by its acidity, this is a wine that is pretty hard to resist just now. It may not have grandeur, but it is worth leaning up on in its exuberant youth. It's not just a fruit bomb, by the way. It also has the structure to age a bit. They traditionally do. In this year, though, the gorgeous fruit and fresh feel may make you dive in pretty fast. This is a super bargain in a lighter-styled, fresh red, what I call a "summer red" these days. Don't drink it too warm.”

90 points, Wine Spectator:

“This fresh, full-bodied red shows focus, with firm, integrated tannins guiding the plum, wild raspberry and sandalwood flavors underscored by graphite, pepper and spice accents. Aromas of tea and underbrush add detail to the long finish. Drink now through 2023.”

90 points, Best Buy, Wine and Spirits:

A terrific vintage of this classical blend, nesting ripe fruit grown in the hot riverside slopes of the far Douro Superior with cooler flavors of grapes grown at high altitude, this is firm and juicy, with dark purple-berry flavors and black-olive notes. Earthy tannic power comes up in the end, but those tannins have precision, adding to the wine’s presence rather than overwhelming it. The fresh flavors are ready to enjoy with roast squab, turkey or a simple grilled burger.”
 

Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas 2015, Douro
 

$13.99 btl. | $74.00 ½ case ($12.33) reg. $19.99

 
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