2012 Portugal

Douro Red

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.”

$22.00

(6 Reviews)

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Roquette & Cazes Douro DOC 2012

2012 Portugal

Douro Red

$22.00

(6 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Wine Details

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.

  • Vintage
  • 2012
  • Appellation
  • Portugal
  • Grape
  • Touriga Nacional 60%, Touriga Franca 25%, and Tinta Roriz 15%
  • Alcohol by Volume
  • 14.5%
  • Cases Produced
  • 3000
  • Drink/hold
  • Now through 2026
Cam Confidential

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).

Reviews

6 Reviews Total

Michelle

Verified Purchase

I ordered a few bottles just to give this wine a try. The wine was delicious -- smooth, balanced, and well structured. We loved the wine so much that I ordered 2 cases to give as gifts to friends and colleagues at Christmas!

Joe

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I bought two simply because I was curious about Portuguese wines and I am a fan of Château Lynch-Bages. Figured $22 bucks, curiosity, and Cam's recommendation was worth the roll of the dice. It did not disappoint. In fact, I really enjoyed it. I was not familiar with the grapes so I was taken back by the color and intensity. Frankly, it's right up my alley. Love big cabs and while this may not measure up to those on intensity, at $22 dollar it is very deserving of the 5 stars. Will be buying up some more.

Chris

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I love this wine! It has a very unique velvety taste to it! Rich and full.

Joshua

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I don't know Portuguese reds well, but I know well-made reds. And this is a superbly-made dry wed wine. (The Cazes family name of Lynch-Bages ought to have been a clue.) Purple and tight out of the bottle, it opens with time in the glass. And keeps on opening. A wonderful find. Looking to add it to another case--when I wasn't necessarily looking to order anything at all. But the day will come when I won't be able to find another bottle in the cellar, and I want that day very far off.

Jack L.

Verified Purchase

I'm used to more tannic wines from this region like Tempranillo or Riojas. This one is a little lighter, but still dense, balanced and fruity. Even better, it has a lovely long finish, allowing one to drink it slowly and by sips. Overall, a great value from the old world.

Kara

Pretty and savory - I don't normally love Spanish (I know this is Portugese) reds, but this one is really smooth and easy to drink.