2016 Ramos Pinto "Duas Quintas" Douro

SKU #1407554 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Duas Quintas Tinto is mostly a 45/35 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with the last 20% comprised of other typical grapes. It was partly aged in well-used French oak (20%) and tonels (30%) for 13 months, the rest in stainless steel. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. When seen a couple of weeks after bottling in Portugal, this was quite a buy. It's now in the USA. Has it held serve? Mostly, yes. You sure can't go wrong at the price. It shows some structure for the level, finishing with grip. The tannins are ripe, though, and they've moderated just a bit. There isn't a lot of concentration in the grand scheme of things, but it still coats the mouth. It may lack the intensity of flavor of the 2015—showing just a bit flat at the moment—but probably adds a little bit of depth. The fruit is pure with a stonewashed feel. Overall, this does everything well but nothing exceptionally well. Now, look at the price again. It's a great house pour. While these do tend to hold surprisingly well, exercise some caution. (MS)  (12/2018)

Wine & Spirits

 Duas Quintas blends fruit from two estate vineyards in the Douro Superior, one planted in schist by the Côa River, another at cooler, higher altitudes where granite soils predominate. In 2016, the blend is supple and clean, the purple fruit lasting on scents of roses and purple basil. The tannins are tarry and austere; they would benefit from a year in bottle, or the company of braised duck.  (2/2019)

Wine Enthusiast

 Attractive soft fruit and touches of tannins give this wine an instant appeal. The black-currant freshness is balanced by a core of dryness and lifted by acidity. This wine is ready to drink. (RV)  (2/2019)

Wine Spectator

 This juicy, full-bodied red features a licorice-tinged core of cherry tart and red currant flavors, with details of violet and mineral. Tangy elements linger into the moderately tannic finish. Drink now through 2025. *Best Values* (GS)  (11/2018)

K&L Notes

Duas Quintas of the name refers to the two Ramos Pinto Douro vineyards where the grapes for this wine are grown. The hotter Quinta de Ervamoira produces ripe rich flavoured fruit while the high altitude Quinta dos Bons Ares adds freshness and balance. The grapes, harvested by hand in 150 kilos boxes, are crushed and the stalks moved for fermentation in lagares and in stainless steel vats, where maceration is prolonged for the time needed to obtain a wine with the desired body and structure. After the malolactic fermentation,20% of the wine is aged in French oak casks, 30% in barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for 13 months. Dense, dark red colour with vivid ruby reflections. Aromas of damp earth, spices and a hint of tangerine. The palate is fresh and expressive with soft tannins and a balanced structure. Long and persistent on the finish.


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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2019 | Send Email
Ramos Pinto is one of my favorite port houses, so when we brought in this wine from them, I was quite excited to taste it. As one would expect from this region, the wine is dark fruited and bold, with depth, earthiness and spice. The tannin is present, but not abrasive, and hints strongly that this would be a great wine for grilled meats. I find this a wonderful value, and a great introduction to those looking to learn about the Douro region.

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Other Red Wines

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Portugal

- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds.
Alcohol Content (%): 14