Quinta da Romaneira “R de Romaniera”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This is an outlaw “Douro” red due to the inclusion of Syrah it its composition – It therefore carries the humble “IGP Duriense” designation and is an insane value
Varietal Composition: Field blend – Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Syrah and Tinto Cão
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. Part of the lot is aged in neutral French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Beautiful open red color. Fine and delicate nose. Soft ripe red fruits on the palate. Well balanced, fresh and harmonious.
2013 – 90 Wine Enthusiast
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.