All our ports are made in the ‘house style’ namely slightly drier without any cloying sweetness that can be associated with some other ports. We also work hard making sure the brandy is well integrated. As with our wines, we search for harmony and equilibrium from our vineyards and we try to enable the grapes to express themselves in the bottle. The La Rosa style is to make well defined wines without too much extraction and tannin.
The beautiful golden colour is a good indication of the age of this excellent tawny port. With a great richness and aromatic complexity, notably of almond and spices, the 20 year old has a seductive texture with dry fruits and liqueur flavours. As is normal with these aged tawnies, the La Rosa twenty year old has incredible length and is an ‘aristocrat’ of ports.
With its memorable squat bottle, this is a classic 20-year old tawny. It retains memories of fruitiness but is focused on concentrated acidity, dried-fruit flavors and textural richness.
Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points
The NV 20 Year Old Tawny was bottled in a 500-milliliter bottle in 2016 with a bar-top cork and 105 grams of sugar. Adding some needed depth to the 10 Year Old this issue, this still is on the lighter side for a 20, emphasizing freshness rather than concentration or power. It's a pleasure to drink, lively and enlivening, finishing with that bit of caramel and sugar. It does lack that exciting and juicy zest of the 10, so they aren't as far apart as they initially seem, just very different. The price of these two is not quite as far apart as 10s and 20s normally are. For the modest uptick, I'd still take the 20.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 90 Points