Quinta da Romaneira Ruby Reserve
WHY WE LOVE IT
- 100% of the Ruby Reserve comes from vines classified “A” quality (the highest mark that can be obtained in the Douro).
Varietal Composition: 35% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, 10% Tinto Cão, 5% Tinta Barroca
Elaboration: They are grown in schist soil. All the grapes were trodden by foot and robotic plungers in the Quinta’s stainless steel open tanks called lagares. This method allows to extract the full potential out of the grapes.
This Reserve Ruby aged for thirty months in large seasoned wooden vats and in stainless steel tanks, allowing for a slight element of oxidation while retaining the wine’s fresh and fruit driven qualities. 70% aged in large wooden vats and 30% in stainless steel tanks.
Tasting Notes: Dark blackish purple color with a clear garnet edge. Young and rich aroma dominated by wild and blackberry aromas. Very fresh with some notes of rock rose, mint and eucalyptus. Soft tannins in the mouth combined with intense blackberry notes and a peppermint freshness. It is long and lovely well-balanced acidity. A remarkable wine that reveals the characteristics of Quinta da Romaneira´s terroir.
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.