2009 Luis Duarte Rapariga Da Quinta ReservaBlend from Portugal
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Wine: "Alicante Bouschet, Aragonese and Trincadeira led to a balanced wine, round and very elegant. Intense notes of ripe fruit aromas mingle with caramelized stage from nine ...
- 94 Wine Enthusiast
94 Wine Enthusiast
#9 Wine Enthusiast's "Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2011"
"A smooth wine, all its structure encased in warm black fruit and toast. It develops slowly in the mouth, revealing sweet tannins and opulent juiciness. The acidity is an equally warming addition to the final spice character. Age for 3-4 years. -R.V." (11/11)
"Alicante Bouschet, Aragonese and Trincadeira led to a balanced wine, round and very elegant. Intense notes of ripe fruit aromas mingle with caramelized stage from nine months in French and American barriques. An engaging and very enjoyable wine." -Winery
"Luis Duarte is responsible for a revolution in winemaking in Alentejo. With twenty five years of experience, Luis Duarte has an impressive track record both as a winemaker and leader of some of the most relevant winemaking ventures in Portugal. With an aim to develop wine blends tailored to the preferences of the international wine lover, Luis Duarte began by leveraging indigenous grape varietals, employing ancient winemaking processes and embracing state of the art technologies available to him. The results are delightfully memorable at the very least."
"Monte do Carrapatelo is the name of Luis Duarte's property near Evora where he currently resides. He has 8 hectares on the property where he grows Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Aragones, and Petit Verdot. The wine is of small production. It is elegant, soft and fruity with a hint of wood ageing. This is a new project for Luis Duarte where the 2008 wines are his first released."
"Rapariga da Quinta translates into, "The Girl of the Estate." The Project was also established in 2007, but with grape sources beyond Luis Duarte's smaller personal property. The grapes come from a 75 hectare property located in S. Miguel de Machede (Evora), basically extending out in front of the winery where all of these four wines are made. A red and reserva wine are made under this label."
"All of Luis Duarte's wines are vinified at the winery he manages in S. Miguel de Machede (Evora). The winery was built with the environment in mind. The energy saving gravitational flowing stainless steel tanks are a first of their kind, custom built by the direction of Luis. They eliminate the need to use pumps and thus reducing energy consumption and the environmental footprint. A good portion of the winery is built underground , keeping the environment cool. The outside of the winery is also made from cork which further helps to reduce thermal amplitudes and keep temperatures down." - Wines of Portugal
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|Varietal(s)||Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz, Alicante Bouschet|
|Taste||ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, dark ripe cherry, dark berry, blueberry and spice|
|Nose||ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather , herb, dark berry and black cherry|