jamie goode's wine blog: Duas Quintas - affordable Douro

Monday, August 18, 2008

Duas Quintas - affordable Douro

Ramos Pinot's Duas Quintas has been around a while and predates many of the new wave reds from Portugal's Douro. The partner red, the Reserva, is usually up there with the best from the region; the much cheaper regular Duas Quintas, which I'm trying here, is usually reliable and affordable, if a little unspectacular.

Duas Quintas has had a bit of a face-lift. It boasts a new label, and the wine has changed a bit - much more modern and fruit forward, with nice purity. Is this the vintage, or a style change? I reckon this delivers (even at the slightly inflated Nicolas pricing) and is a good introduction to what the Douro is capable of, even in a less celebrated vintage.

Duas Quintas 2006 Douro, Portugal
Lovely vivid pure sweet raspberry and blackberry fruit dominates here, and it flirts with jamminess. The palate has nicely dense berryish fruit with an attractive spicy edge and some chocolatey richness. It's quite pure with nice balance between the primary fruit and some spicy tannins. 88/100 (Nicolas 9.15)

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At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Tim Carlisle said...

I love this wine - brilliant value - as are much of what comes out of portugal at the moment - have you tried anything from Quinta dos Roques? Managed to get hold of mags of 2000 (current vintage is 2005) which was superb!

Tim Carlisle

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

It's a while since I tried any of Dos Roques reds, I confess - their Encruzado is pretty good. I missed them on my last visit in June


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