Quinta de la Rosa Douro Tinto 2017
The Bergqvist family has been involved in the Douro wine business since 1815 both in winemaking and shipping. In the 1930’s they sold their shipping company, Feueheerd, but retained Quinta de La Rosa which was managed by Claire Feueheerd. In 1988, Claire’s granddaughter Sophia and her father Tim decided to relaunch Quinta de La Rosa. Eleven estate vineyards are planted along the Douro River and rise to 1,200 feet. Vine selection includes local varieties: Touriga Nacional, Souzao, Touriga Franca and Tinta Cao, many over 50 years old. The 2016 Estate red offers a nose of dark cherry and purple flowers with hallmark herbaceous, spicy flavors on the palate. This wine has a pleasing freshness and bright acidity that will pair well with anything on the grill, earthy grains and hearty vegetable dishes.