Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas 2010
Wine EnthusiastRed fruits are what drive this easy, fragrant wine. The tannins play a supporting role, which gives the berry flavors structure. A blend from two Douro estates, this attractive selection will be ready to drink in a year.
Wine AdvocateThe 2010 Duas Quintas (Dq) Adriano Ramos Pinto is a blend from Ervamoira (150 meters in altitude) and Bons Ares (600 meters). This is a notably different blend than last year's 2009 DQ (that being mostly a Touriga Franca/Tinta Roriz blend). The Touriga Nacional here has more than doubled (45%), plus there are new grapes like Tinta da Barca (5%), Tinta Barroca (5%), Tinta Cao (3%), Sousao (5%) and Tinta Amarela (2%) to go with 25% Touriga Franca and 10% Tinta Roriz. A fourth of the total blend was aged in French oak for 12 months, the rest in tank. In a difficult year, this shows beautifully, focused, with a nice backbone and some precision. In its youth, it has a somewhat candied note on the finish. It is the sweet, young fruit, mostly pure and mostly unoaked. I suspect that will fade with some time. In the meanwhile, this inexpensive wine has real structure and a bright, elegant feel to it. If drunk on the younger side, this will make most feel that they got quite a deal. It shows well in the vintage. It's a steal at the moment, likely to be at peak this summer and over the next couple of years. Drink now-2018.
Wine SpectatorOffers a meaty aroma, with dried cherry and berry flavors that feature notes of oregano and basil. Short finish.