Quinta da Romaneira Petit Verdot

Quinta da Romaneira Petit Verdot

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • The uniqueness of this varietal. There is very little Petit Verdot grown in Portugal and Quinta da Romaneira produces an excellent example of this estate-grown fruit
  • This is an outlaw “Douro” red due to the inclusion of Petit Verdot, a non-indigenous varietal – It therefore carries the humble “IGP Duriense”.

Varietal Composition: 100% Petit Verdot

Elaboration: The wine was vinified in specially designed conical stainless steel temperature controlled vats, within a temperature range of 77°F to 83°F degrees. It ages for 14 months in french oak barrels before bottling.

Tasting Notes: Lovely color, with a vibrant fruit aroma, elegant and fresh with notes of berries and currants. Well carved and polished in the mouth, has a nice structure with good volume and some notes of wood well integrated. It is an engaging wine, with remarkable freshness and purity of fruit, giving it a charm of its own.

PRESS

2014: 92 pts – Wine Enthusiast

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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