QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA
2003 Vintage Port
Such a hard wine to resist, sleekly constructed with plentiful blackberry and rich plum fruit, vivacious and exciting, chocolate and then that subtle spirit adding warm and further richness to the silky fruit filled finish. L&S (Mar 2017)
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Quinta da Romaneira
Whilst an old estate with a consequentially long history, Quinta da Romaneira only really becomes of note when new purchasers of the estate placed it under the management of Christian Seely and Antonio Agrellas who had worked such wonders at Quinta do Noval. Since then the vineyards have been overhauled, the best old vines have been retained in tandem with a replanting programme for the rest of the vineyard. A brand new winery has been constructed, two-thirds of it underground allowing Romaneira to have a proper cool wine cellar in the heart of the Douro valley.
85ha of vineyard, stretching some 2km along the River Douro are planted with both traditional Douro grapes and some plantings of international varieties.
Of course, this being the Douro valley, Quinta da Romaneira produce some very high quality Ports, but the forward focus of the estate is to realise the potential for table wine. In the words of Christian Seely, "our challenge has been, and remains, to find ways to vinify unfortified wines from the Douro that can take their rightful place among the great wines of the world, alongside the other great classic regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy or the Rhone Valley."
The 2003 Quinta do Romaneira Vintage Port is an exuberant, potentially outstanding wine. Sporting aromas reminiscent of blueberry pancake syrup intermingled with toast, it bursts on the palate to display a youthfully raw personality crammed with red, blue, and black fruits that linger in its long yet firm finish. Rating: 89 Pierre Rovani, The Wine Advocate (Oct 2005)
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