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.”
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- Touriga Nacional 60%, Touriga Franca 25%, and Tinta Roriz 15%
- Alcohol by Volume
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- Now through 2026
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!
Dark and Delicious
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.
Very Dark and Unique
I love this wine! It has a very unique velvety taste to it! Rich and full.
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.
Balanced and fruity
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.
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.