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Ramos Pinto Douro Duas Quintas Reserva Red 750ML 2012
Sku: 51511
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Buy Ramos Pinto Douro Duas Quintas Reserva Red
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2012 Duas Quintas Reserva red is a blend of 60% Touriga Nacional and 30% Touriga Franca, with 10% Tinta Barca. It comes in at 14% alcohol and was aged in 225-liter barriques for 20 months (one-third each new, second-use and third-use; 90% French, 10% Austrian). The sweet and creamy oak nuances will dissipate on this with time. Indeed, with 90 minutes of air they mostly vanished. From there, though, the wine has a rather modest mid-palate this year and seems soft and rather approachable. It is perhaps a bit too easy given its youth and status as a wine that has always aged well-as has been proven to me with long verticals. It is largely a creature of its vintage, harmonious, attractive, crisp and approachable on the early side, but restrained and a bit modest in stature. It does have many charms, however, including a fresh feel and rather delicious fruit. Also, like a lot of 2012s that start off a bit worrisome in terms of concentration, it became more vibrant and fleshed out in the glass after an hour or so. It seemed much more refined and polished at that point, rather than merely reticent and laid back. It may not go down as the greatest Reserva ever, but it is a charming wine that will be easy to enjoy with dinner. It could use a year to settle down, but even if it is a bit raw and primary, it is pretty tasty right now, too. In the short term, it will exceed expectations because it is so forward and approachable. What it turns into with longer aging is another question. Maybe it will prove me wrong and be entitled to an uptick. It sure is tasty now, though. (Feb 2015)

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