QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA
2011 Vintage Port (10th Anniversary Special Release)
The 2011 Quinta de la Romaneira consists of 80% Touriga Nacional. It has an open, more approachable bouquet compared to the Quinta do Noval, with clove and dry tobacco infusing the carapace of black fruit, and hints of iodine developing with aeration. The palate is very smooth on the entry with a dash of white pepper and ginger. It is very harmonious with a slightly viscous mouthfeel and a beguiling gentle build to its marmalade-infused finish. The exoticism here is very attractive, though I suspect that will ebb away as the Port matures. Tasted May 2013. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jun 2013)
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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, in 2004, new purchasers of the estate placed it under the management of Christian Seely and Antonio Agrellos 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 3km 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."
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