La Rosa ‘Reserva’ Douro 2010

Blended Red from Portugal
Review Date : 08-Apr-2014
A blend of indigenous varieties including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, the fruit hand-picked and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in French oak casks. Very full, dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour. The bouquet is very full, solid and dense, with aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruit, in an amalgam of black plum jam, savoury earth and black minerals, the nose with great focus and intensity. Full-bodied and densely packed, flavours of sweetly ripe blackberries and boysenberries are detailed by black plum, jam and lifted confectionary whole berry fermentation-like notes, revealing ethereal waves of game and funky mineral nuances. The palate has alcoholic generosity and power, a little heat even, but flows seamlessly. Very fine-grained, powdery tannins support the fruit, and the serious extraction becomes prevalent, encasing the fruit and filling the mouth, leading to a firm-textured, long and sustained finish. This is a powerful, modern, sweetly ripe fruited Douro red with serious structure. Match with slow-cooked red meat dishes over the next 10-12+ years. 19.0-/20 Apr 2014 RRP £30.00

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