Quinta da Romaneira 40 Year Tawny Port
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This is a blend of old Port wines with an average age of over 40 years.
- At forty years old the wine has acquired the classic tawny characteristics of nuts, dried fruits and spices, but retains also a vibrant freshness which is one of the characteristics of Romaneira’s tawnies.
Varietal Composition: Field Blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca
Elaboration: The grapes were trodden by foot and vinified in stainless steel “lagares” with temperature control between 25°C and 28°C. Aged in old oak barrels of 640 liters. The old tawnies spend their entire life in barrel until the moment of the final blend. The wines have been aged in oak casks and over time take on the characteristics of walnuts, dried fruits and spices, showing increasing intensity of color, complexity, concentration and depth of flavor.
Tasting Notes: Light amber color. Extremely rich and complex nutty bouquet reminiscent of mint and almonds. Full bodied, sweet and rich in taste with an attractive nuttiness and a lingering finish in spite of its age. Best served slightly chilled or at room temperature.
The 1,100 acre spread of Quinta da Romaneira is widely considered one of the Douro Valley’s most breathtaking estates. The winery began producing port in 1872, but was not legally allowed to bottle under its own name until 1986 when DO changes gave single quintas the authority to do so. Christian Seely purchased Romaneira in 2004 with plans to put the winery shoulder to shoulder with the Douro’s top names in terms of reputation and quality. Seely and winemaker Antonio Agrellos understand what such ambition means – They are the dynamic duo behind the much celebrated rebirth of another great property, Quinta do Noval (which sits literally next door), which they’ve operated for the past twenty years. The entire Romaneira vineyard estate is classified “A” (the highest mark that can be obtained in the Douro) and the house focuses almost completely on unfortified dry wines and vintage style port.