Ramos Pinto, Duas Quintas, DOC Douro, Portugal, 2014
This wine: a blend of touriga nacional, touriga francesa, tinta roriz (tempranillo), 13.5% abv, Portland Wine, £13 (03/17)
Consumer tasting note: a promising nose with some complexity of dark berries, a little spice, liquorice and peony; medium-full bodied with ripe smooth tannins, with dark berries, a little red plum and a tobacco hint on the palate, follows into a slightly disappointing length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of dark cherry, hint of toast, hint of raw steak, touch of blackcurrant, creamy black berry, warm leaf humus, black liquorice, a touch floral – peony-like, spicy red plum, hint of vanilla.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black cherry, black berry, ripe red plum, very low-key tobacco. A medium length, with a clean black berried-lightly liquorice finish.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity and modest ripe tannins with alcohol, suiting the flavour intensity; youthful in hue and aromatics, just starting to show an edge of tertiary development with a touch of raw steak, showing some complexity on the nose, but let down on the palate with barely modest concentration, a bare medium length, and little complexity.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – well structured, but mainly the length, along with intensity and concentration are not there.