Quinta De La Rosa 2008
92 pts Robert Parker
Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional (60%) and Touriga Franca (12%) with 8% Tinta Roriz, 5% Sousão and the rest 15% come from old vineyard, mixed field blend. The grapes mainly come from the Lamelas vineyard planted by Tim Bergqvist more than 30 years ago.
The wine would be best served with red meats and more powerful dishes. It also goes well with cheese, especially the Serra cheese found in Portugal.
Produced from the main port varieties, notably Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão and Touriga Franca, and selected from the best parcels of Quinta de la Rosa’s vineyards.
It was cold and it rained when the vine was in flower in 2008 which meant the flower did not ‘set’ so that there was a loss of production and the resulting yields were low. The following months, right up until the vintage time, were dry and relatively cool allowing for good heterogeneous ripening of the grapes. At the beginning of September, despite a mini heat wave (30ºC), the grapes were ripe enough to consider picking. We had perfect dry, sunny weather throughout most of the vintage – the forecasters had predicted rain! The meteorological conditions in 2008 with moderate temperatures in the summer resulted in a good, steady maturation of the grape. This gave the wines plenty of colour, good acidity and excellent aromas.
Most of the grapes were trodden in temperature controlled granite lagares; the rest were pumped over in small stainless steel vats. The wine was matured in Allier French oak casks before being bottled in June 2010.
The terroir in the Douro is still largely unexplored and by making wines with balance, harmony and equilibrium from our vineyards, 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, tannin or oak. Wines that are rich and full bodied whilst being fresh and lively with a good acidity. The 2008 Reserve is perhaps the most austere and complex of all the La Rosa wines Jorge Moreira has made so far. Good maturation of fruit with a ripeness and ‘greediness’ to the palate enveloped in herbaceous undertones that gives a certain mystery to the wine. Excellent freshness, somewhat full bodied, the 2008 is an elegant wine that will mature well in the bottle.