Quinta de la Rosa 20-Year Old Tawny Port (500mL) Review
For all of us in the tasting group, there was a strong taste of maple. It was not overly sweet, but definitely had a sweetness to it. I’d happily drink this again.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: NV 20-Year Old Tawny Port (500mL)
Blend: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Sousão, Tinta Roriz (in undisclosed volumes)
Region: Vale do Inferno Vineyard, Douro, Portugal
Retail price: $50
Wine Access price: $45
Decanter score: 95 points (Decanter Magazine)
I consumed it: March 2023
My source: The Decanter Magazine Wine Club by Wine Access
From this winery: Quinta de la Rosa
Grape variety or blend: Port
Other characteristics: Dessert wine
20-Year Old Tawny Port (500mL): What I think
It’s fairly unusual to receive dessert wine in a wine club shipment — there aren’t even any Dessert Wine Clubs to join! So that we received two in this Decanter shipment surprised us. Since our limited experiences with Port have been subpar (though we like late harvest wines), we weren’t sure what to expect from this experiment.
I should have known better. Wine Access doesn’t disappoint and all of the other wines from this shipment were exceptional, I really should have known better. This wine has changed my mind about whether or not I want to explore Port wine.
Port has more alcohol in it than wine, this one was around 19.5% ABV, and therefore almost tastes like a sherry or a mild whisky. For all of us in the tasting group, there was a strong taste of maple (which is a good thing, three out of the four of us are Canadian) and specifically brought to mind a maple-infused Amber Liqueur from The Macallan which three of the four of us had been obsessed with 15 years ago. It was not overly sweet, but definitely had a sweetness to it.
While I can’t wax poetic as I lack enough experience with Port to do it justice, I’d happily drink this again.
There is a lot information floating around the Interwebs regarding how long you can leave a port open once you've cracked the seal. Quinta de la Rosa offers some information specific to their own wines (which I found confusing), but we kept it around a few days after opening (with the cork in it) and it was not as good as it was when first opened.
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