A Douro Icon: Quinta da Rosa Tinto
I consider La Rosa Tinto Douro to be an icon. I’ve been to Quinta Da Rosa and tried a few of their wines and they are all very good. And the view from their tasting room down to the Douro River below is spectacular.
The Quinta La Rosa Tinto is not the best red wine I have had from the Douro but its label with a falcon perched on the branch is seen throughout restaurants and bars in the Douro. It’s so popular and has such a great label it is, at least in my mind, iconic.
Black cherry in colour with a nose full of red plum, black currant, black cherry, licorice and pomegranate. On the palate ready for immediate drinking with gentle tannins. Lots of gentle black fruit on the palate with a mean streak of blueberry dashing up in mouth on its medium finish. It’s a serious red wine but far from austere.
Good with rare lamb. The oak tones it down and smooths it out.
Made with the usual Douro suspects being Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca.
Good until 2021.
(La Rosa Tinto 2016, D.O.C. Douro, Quinta Da Rosa, Pinhão, Portugal, $22.95, 13.5%, 750 mL, LCBO# 933101, Set The Bar Rating 93/100).