Ramos Pinto 2013 Duas Quintas Tinto Douro
Wine Advocate 90 Rating
The 2013 Duas Quintas was recently seen in Porto, but since it is now in the USA and we now have a vertical, let’s take another look. It is the latest offering in the brand. It is a blend of 43% Touriga Nacional, 37% Touriga Franca and dollops of other grapes for the remainder (Tinta Roriz, Tinta da Barca, Tinta Barroca, Sousão, Tinto Cão and Tinta Amarela). About 30% of the juice was oak-aged in well used barrels and 20% aged in well used tonels; the rest in stainless steel. This has put on a surprising amount of weight since I first saw it, fleshing out and seeming very serious now. Gripping on the finish, it has a real backbone and some intensity, yet it is also perfectly balanced and approachable right now (if you must). The oak shows just a bit, but it is integrating well already. The fruity little wine from a few months back seems to be gaining seriousness in front of our eyes (or, at least mine). Given the tricky 2013 vintage, this is a pretty respectable performance that increasingly looks downright impressive for the regular Duas Quintas. As the vertical this issue demonstrates, these do age well, but let’s be a bit conservative, keeping in mind that all the wines in this vertical were obtained from the winery. That’s pretty good provenance. Not everyone will duplicate that.
Buy this by the 6pk for $8.99 per bottle