Never one to rest on her laurels, Sophia Bergqvist has invested significantly over the last few years at La Rosa with the construction of a new winery. New granite lagares, fermentation tanks and an automatic basket press have been purchased, a carefully thought out tasting room overlooking the Douro River has been constructed, an extensive area for entertaining has been created, as well as a number of apartments and guest rooms built to develop the tourism side of the business. You can’t help but be impressed with the scale of this project and admire Sophia Bergqvist’s vision for this family Quinta, whilst she has maintained the integrity of the old building and the charm of a family estate in the Douro.
Quinta de La Rosa Estate Tinto 2019
Plenty of cherry and cassis fruit flavours on the nose, cedar and spice on the palate. There is a good brightness and freshness to the wine despite the hot summer. The wine is perfect to drink with many different types of meals as it has a good equilibrium in tannins and acidity.
The 2016 Tinto dou Rosa is principally Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, plus others in a field blend, all tank-aged. Although this is lacking a bit in concentration, it more than makes up for it in exuberant personality and purity of flavor. Plus, it has reasonable structure for its level as well. At the moment, it finishes just a bit tight, but it is easily approachable. In a summer red style, it is a best buy. Aromatic and completely delicious, this elegantly crafted wine is bright, lively and simply bursting with flavor. I just loved it. Cool this down a bit low to mid-60sF and you will, too. These are best served young and fresh, since the freshness is what they do best, but it should have the structure to last several years. It may be my favorite douRosa red yet. It is worth leaning up a bit for all that. Drink now-2018.There are bargains all over the place in the lineup this issue. La Rosa is reaching out to consumers on a budget. Dont hesitate to take advantage here. RobertParker.com.