douROSA 2010 Douro Red

35% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo); 13.5% ABV; screw cap
bottled by Quinta de la Rosa, Douro, Portugal
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 20 Jan

IMG_1384[1]Upon opening the bottle, I immediately poured off a single-glass screw capped bottle of this wine, with little air.  The rest of the bottle aired over a few hours.  Over that time, the wine added weight and darkened to give flavors of medium to darker purple plum, boysenberry, and mulberry, with some dark spice and earth.  However, it was always a bit reserved, and especially the finish seemed a bit bitter.  Overall, the wine was substantial enough, but not very charming.

However, the saved small bottle, with another hour or so of air, was delicious.  The wine became silky smooth, with ripe flavors of darker red cherry and rose, blueberry, darker purple plum, softer boysenberry / mulberry, with a moderately tannic finish.  It reminds me a good bit of the Aguia Moura in flavors, but this wine is younger and fresher, less thick and rich, and more delicate and aromatic.  I suspect this wine will be better with a couple more years of age.  If you drink it now, you may want to decant it, immediately pour it back in the bottle, stopper it, and drink it the next evening.


One thought on “douROSA 2010 Douro Red

  1. permiesworld

    I’m glad to hear that you liked it better on day two. I would definitely recommend age on this wine (actually almost any of the Portuguese wines). They just seem to drink better, older, to my taste anyway.

    We buy this wine locally. It’s $17 at our Market of Choice. It’s one of the few places that carries non-Port Portuguese wines around here. And alone, a good wine with the Touriga Nacional grape can cost $75/bottle (and up) so often we buy blends. I don’t have any of the 2010’s in this label but the 2009’s are just now drinking well.

    $5 is a steal for this wine. It’s probably good that it’s not on the shelves here. I have no room to buy as much as I would at this price point.


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