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2012 DUORUM DOURO RESERVA OLD VINES 750ML

Region: Portugal
Varietal: Portuguese Blend

Vintage: 2012

Regular price $33.99
RATINGS: 90pts Wine Advocate

Joao Portugal Ramos is Portugal”s most famous winemaker. Before he began making his own wines, he was a pioneering wine consultant widely considered Portugal”s Pierro Antinori or Emile Peynaud (The New York Times). His many accolades include winning 2010 Personality of the Year and 2006 Producer of the Year (Essencia do Vinho); 2010 Viticulture Team of the Year, 2000 Winemaker of the Year, and 1998 Company of the Year (Revista de Vinhos); 1999 & 2004 Winemaker of the Year and 2004 Producer of the Year (Vin & Mat, Sweden); 2004 Newcomer of the Year (Wein Gourmet, Germany); and the 2008 Prize for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture). In the decades that Ramos has consulted, he almost single-handedly opened Portuguese winemaking to the benefits of modern technologies with an emphasis on low yields, occasional oak aging, and the preservation of a grape”s natural fruit flavors. In 1990, he decided it was time to start creating his own wine and he began planting vineyards in Alentejo around his new winery, Vila Santa.

Tasting Notes: Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2012 Reserva Old Vines is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, aged for 18 months in a mixture of new and second use French barriques. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This is a Reserva that emphasizes elegance rather than power. It is not, perhaps, the most concentrated Reserva, the main quibble, but it is beautifully balanced, fresh and persistent, with that old school refinement. If it is not attention-getting on first taste, it definitely grows on you. It should make a great food wine, too. It is approachable right now, although certainly several years away from peak. It tightens a bit on the finish with air and the oak can be pulled in better with cellaring, but drinking it won’t be infanticide..Mark Squires, March/2016

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