2012 Roquette & Cazes Douro

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750ml Bottle
Case of 12

Item #935972

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Type: Red Wine
  • Country: Portugal
  • Region: Douro

"The 2012 Tinto, the last in the vertical, 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 comes in at 14.5% alcohol. It is a bright and friendly young wine with lifted fruit and some tannic pop on the finish. Unevolved, it still benefits in some respects from its youth and it seems most similar to the 2008 in this lineup. The tannins at the moment do overwhelm the fruit a little, so it has some room to improve. There is a bright future ahead, as it came around well with 90 minutes of air. It seemed far more interesting and far more classy at that point. On the plus side, like most wines in this vintage, it is simply delicious, with waves of fresh fruit dribbling over the palate. It's not the most concentrated in the group, but 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." -Mark Squires, Oct 2015
Reviewed by: The Wine Advocate
- 90 pts

"A wine created by the joining of two powerhouse wine families, Jorge Roquette of Douro's Quinta do Crasto and Jean-Michel Cazes of Bordeaux's famed Chateau Lynch-Bages, it expresses the character of the Douro Valley with the elegance of fine Bordeaux. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (70% new), it is a blend of traditional Douro varietals Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Franca. It opens with pronounced aromas of blackberries and violets. On the palate it exhibits rich, dark berry fruit, layered with velvety tannins, and finishes harmoniously with great finesse." -Chad Crosby, Wine Manager, Skokie
Reviewed by: Binny's

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