Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas 2019
Ripe and sleek, showing boysenberry and plum puree notes that glide through easily, with light anise and violet as well as a lightly toasted finish. Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. Drink now through 2024.
The 2019 Duas Quintas Tinto is mostly a 50/30 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with the rest composed of other typical grapes. It was aged for 12 months in a 50/50 mixture of stainless steel and wood (20% of the oaked half in barrel, 30% in large oak vats) and comes in at 14.3% alcohol. As is customary, this is a fruit-forward wine that adds a little distinction. This year it has very good concentration and a fresh feel, but this is a year that leans a little more to jammy fruit than freshness. Still, it never goes too far overboard in any direction. In its youth, it's going to be a crowd-pleaser for casual drinking, a little shy of structure, but tasting great. It's made to drink now, but it will hold a few years. When the fruit calms down a bit, I do wonder what will be left or if it will be nearly as much fun. I suspect not. In the meanwhile, it will do great on its own.