Roquette & Cazes Douro DOC 2012
90 Points eRobert Parker - tasted May 2015 - “The 2012 Tinto is a blend of 60% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca and 25% Tinta Roriz, aged for 16-18 months in a mixture of new and second use barrels (70%-30%). It is a bright and friendly young wine with lifted fruit and some tannic pop on the finish. There is a bright future ahead. It is simply delicious, with waves of fresh fruit dribbling over the palate. I rather liked it a lot at the moment for its finesse, structure and flavor. After a dull start, it became rather impressive. It is a nice value. It is going to be a perfectly nice food wine, too, with plenty of charm. Give it another year or two of cellaring, if you can. Drink 2016-2027.”
Jancis Robinson.com – 17.5 out of 20 – A Cut Above Superior – “Fragrant, intense, spicy, floral dark fruit. Deep, dark and savory on the palate. Douro core. Power and refinement. Plenty of grip but no aggression. Long.”
Right out of the bottle its purple florals, meaty savoury-ness and peppery, kirschy blackberry are immediately reminiscent of Northern Rhône Hermitage. There’s an exotic, spicy purple fruit component that mellows out with air to become more indicative of the native Port varieties from which it hails. Napa Cabernet-like richness and structure on the palate will have broad appeal.
From the Douro Valley of Portugal (famed for its great Ports), dry Douro table wines have been all the rage lately, particularly as consumer tastes have veered away from sweeter Port dessert wines. The 2012 Roquette & Cazes Douro Red is a product of a partnership between the Roquette family of Portugal (famous for reinvigorating the Quinto do Crasto Port house) and the Cazes family of the legendary Château Lynch-Bages in Bordeaux. This blend of Port varieties Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Franca is drinking beautifully now - an excellent example of Portugese terroir and Bordelaise winemaking talent. For those of you who like Napa Cabernet or more modern examples of Bordeaux (think bigger fruit extraction and wood elevation), this wine will have tremendous appeal.
Schist soils, 33 year old vines, 20 months in French oak barrels (70% new).