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2011 Quinta de la Rosa Dessert & Ice Wine "Late Bottled Vintage"

Winery: Quinta de la Rosa

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Late Bottled Vintage"

Wine Category: Dessert & Ice Wine

Grape blend: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Souzao & Tinta Roriz

Bottle size: 500 ml

Region: Portugal

State or country: Portugal

Price: $30

Cases produced: 2,500

KWG Score: 91.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: September 20, 2016

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark violet colored vintage port opens with a fragrant walnut and ripe black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this dessert wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, and rich. The flavor profile is a ripe blackberry and black cherry blend with notes of mild spiced rum. I also detected hints of faint raisin and blueberry. The finish is long and lingering and does a terrific job of hiding its 20% alcohol. This port would be an excellent choice with chocolate covered strawberries. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The LBV is similar in style to other La Rosa ports – well defined, a good structure, and mature tannins with soft wood undertones. La Rosa ports are slightly drier than most and the brandy is well integrated. This LBV was produced in a truly wonderful declared Vintage year. Opaque in colour with classic vintage port aromas - dense and complex. Full of fruit (blackcurrants, blackberries and plums) accompanied by floral notes with a touch of spice. It is an enormous wine on the palate but at the same time elegant where the fresh black fruit flavours balance the density and power of the port. Tannins of the best possible quality are evident giving an almost soft, round silky finish to this fine LBV. The port gives immense pleasure for immediate drinking but at the same time will continue to mature well in the bottle over the next few years. Please make sure the bottle isn’t kept in direct sunlight otherwise it might oxidise. This Port has not been filtered and might throw a light sediment but should not require decanting. Delicious with dessert, especially chocolate, cheese or on its own.

Organic status: not organic

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