Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Reserva 2015
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Duas Quintas Reserva is mostly Touriga Nacional, with dollops of Touriga Franca (10%) and Tinta da Barca (5%), aged for 12 months in barriques of varying ages and nationalities. This is probably the best since the 2011. If you haven't become familiar with this iconic brand yet, it is a blend from two estates, Ervamoira and Bons Ares, located at a low (200 meters) and a high (600 meters) altitude, with schist and granite soils, respectively. Hence, the name Duas Quintas, or "two Quintas." Impeccably balanced and just a little understated in this vintage, this makes its way by being wonderfully refined and sophisticated. It is elegant yet persistent on the finish with plenty of grip. The ripe tannins are matched by lively acidity that freshens and lifts the tasty fruit. The winery has also backed off the time in oak so that the wonderful fruit shines through. It's a good decision this year, in particular. It will be approachable young (give it a couple of years if you can), but it should hold for 20 years (or more) from vintage date. They do tend to age well and often better than anticipated. I'm not convinced this will be the best-ever ager in the group and match some of the old-time powerhouses, but there is no rush. Don't drink it too warm.
Wine SpectatorFull-bodied, offering a polished core of blackberry reduction, currant and hot stone flavors nicely accented by anise, black chocolate and soy sauce elements. Tannic, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2023. 300 cases imported.