Quinta da Romaneira Colheita 2007

Quinta da Romaneira Colheita Tawny Port 2007

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • The Colheita Tawny Port was fermented and foot trodden in stone lagares.
  • This wine is bottled every year. By definition, a colheita port spends all its life in barrel and is only bottled by demand.

Varietal Composition: 50% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinto Cão

Elaboration:  2007 was an exceptional year with very specific characteristics. In particular, the abundant winter rains that replenished the soil water reserves, followed by a relatively mild summer, with beautiful sunny days but cool nights, which provided ideal conditions for the ripening of the grapes. Sugars came from proper ripening rather than from desiccation. The harvest took place in mid-September in magnificent sunshine, (with the exception of two rainy days towards the end of September), and the grapes were in perfect health conditions. Once crushed in the lagares they immediately showed excellent dark colour and lovely aromas, with good sugar content and acidity.

Fermentation was long and easy to control. The first tastings revealed wines marked by elegance, finesse and outstanding balance. We so decided to set aside a batch of wine to produce this colheita.

Tasting Notes: Lovely amber color with a darker tawny core. Very intense and concentrated colheita that presents a harmonious and rich mix of aromas. Spicy and raisin notes together with toasted almond and younger fruity flavors. Some citrus notes combined with its minerality and velvety texture make for a very lively and rich wine. Wonderful and seductive to drink now.

“The 2007 Colheita Tawny Port was bottled March 22, 2021, with 120 grams of residual sugar and a long cork. This is Romaneira’s first Colheita of the 21st century. Welcome to the new millennium, Romaneira. Sturdy and deep, this concentrated Tawny goes for the big hit of molasses. The wood flavors are prominent too, and this seems completely classic in its style. The power is not quite as exceptional as the fruit profile and the concentration, but this is impressive nonetheless and quite delicious. Finesse is not the strong point, but the rest is pretty great for a young Colheita. As I always note, Tawnies like this can hold a reasonable time, barring cork failures, but it is not really meant to be held, and it is ready on release, as they all are.”  –  Wine Advocate

“Cherry candy, mulled plum and steeped red currant notes give this a caressing and flattering feel while black tea and cinnamon underscore the finish. A big gush of tasty tawny. Drink now” — Wine Spectator

PRESS

92 – Wine Advocate
92 – Wine Spectator

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

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.

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