Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Reserva 2011

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Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, Ramos Pinto is run today by their heirs. The House was acquired by Champagne Louis Roederer in 1990 and Owner Jean Claude Rouzaud calls Ramos Pinto 'the jewel of the Douro.' Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving it a high degree of control over viticultural methods and harvest time. The House tends 187 hectares (460 acres) of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valley formed by the Douro River and its tributaries. The four quintas or estates that make up Ramos Pinto's holdings are the Quinta do Bom Retiro, Quinta da Ervamoira, Quinta da Urtiga, and Quinta do Bons Ares. Ramos Pinto blends single quinta ports from Bom Retiro and Ervamoira grapes, and a single quinta port from Urtiga, as well as producing excellent dry table reds, such as this.

The Duas Quintas is made from two estates: Ervamoira and Bons Ares, located at low (200m) and high (600 m) altitudes, with soils of schist and granite, respectively. These grapes were hand picked from carefully selected vineyards. The final blend is made of all indigenous grapes: Touriga Nacional 50%, Touriga Franca 40%, and Tinta da Barca 10%. Vinification took place in granite wine pressers or stainless steel vats, depending on the plots. After trimming and pressing in a vertical press, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. 18 months in oak (95% French oak and 5% Austrian oak) 1/3 new, 1/3 one year old and 1/3 two years old.
Category Red Wine
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Brand Ramos Pinto
Alcohol/vol 15%
  • ws95

Wine SpectatorThis broad, rich and elegant red is filled with powerful flavors of dark plum, dried cherry and blackberry, marked by fine balance and a powerful structure. The long finish resonates with tarragon and black olive notes, layered with appealing hints of tar. Best from 2015 through 2022. 75 cases imported. -KM. Published Retail $30. (Actual Retail $36)

Kim Marcus, January 20, 2015
  • we92

Wine EnthusiastIntense dark colors and powerful tannins give this wine great weight and intensity. Flavors of black plum and strong spice surround a solid, dry core. With the structure still dominating, this wine is definitely for aging. Drink from 2017.

Roger Voss, April 1, 2014
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Reserva Duas Quintas red is principally Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca (50-40), with 10% Tinta da Barca, aged in an equal mixture of new, second pass and third pass oak (95% French, 5% Austrian) for 18 months. It comes in at 15% alcohol. In its youth, it is a pretty oaky wine, showing a vanilla overlay. That gives it a certain, one-dimensional feel early on. The good news is that it is bright enough to cut through the oak and it seems to handle its alcohol pretty well. The longer this was open, the more it developed and the more I appreciated its elegant mid-palate, refined tannins and persistent demeanor. This looks like a fine if as yet unevolved vintage for DQ Reserva. It should age gracefully, too. It really needs a year or two to settle down. Drink 2015-2026.

Mark Squires, June 2014