Rapariga da Quinta Reserva 2016 | High-end Red Blend at a Value price
Winery | Rapariga da Quinta Reserva 2016 presents a beautiful intense ruby color. Deep and complex aromas of ripe fruit well integrated with the oak. While elegant and powerful on the palate. With a long and seductive finish that will enable the wine to evolve well in the bottle.
93WE v2015 | Open-tank fermentation gives this wine a ripe, jammy character that is balanced by the intense black fruits and acidity. Together they form a rich, structured, juicy and firm wine that is likely to age. Drink Rapariga da Quinta Reserva 2016 from 2019.
Luís Duarte | Voice of Portuguese Wine | Alentejo
Luis Duarte has a very engaging, energetic personality as belies a winemaker who has won Portugal’s “Winemaker of the Year” twice. Receiving these accolades in 1997 and 2007 for world-famous Esporão Winery. Today, after that near two-decade stint at Esporão Mr. Duarte is now his own boss while consulting to Portugal’s top wineries and producing his own label.
“My particular innovation was that instead of working in the Douro” — Portugal’s traditional wine region, farther north — “I decided to head south to the unsung Alentejo. It was my good luck to get in on the ground floor of the worldwide growth of wine and ride that wave.” But Portugal, and particularly the Alentejo, give an entirely different impression: that of a place — showcase mountain towns apart — still waking up to its own worldly importance, and as a result, still vivid and sparklingly fresh.
Proprietor and Winemaker Luís Duarte | Twice Winemaker of the Year
Luis Duarte wines have landed several times on the Wine Enthusiast Top 100. Over the last 5 years, Rubrica earned #2, #9 and top 100 honors. When asked the difference between Portuguese wine and that of other nations, Mr. Duarte didn’t hesitate. Well, we don’t use the same grapes everyone else does. We have 315 different grape varieties, many of them unique to us. We’ve also taken many French grapes and adopted them for our own use. “You want a velvety and well-balanced wine at a good price? Think Portugal.”
The grapes from these wines come from Luís’ home property of 8 hectares. The wines are a great expression of what Luís Duarte is capable of creating. Wonderfully rich wines blended with indigenous Portuguese and French grape varieties, aged in French oak barrels.
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|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Value Portuguese Red Blend from 2x Winemaker of the Year Luis Duarte | Top 5% wines in the world | Cellar selection best after 2019|
|Why now?||Exclusive 2016 vintage release | $26.99 w/$1 ship on 3+|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||93 Wine Enthusiast (2015v) | Top 5% wines in the world|
|What is it?||Alentejo, Portugal Red Blend|
|What’s in it?||40% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Syrah, 15% Aragonês, 10% Petit Verdot | ABV 14.5%|
|When to drink?||now thru 2027+|
|Pair with:||Red Meat, Poultry, Mediterranean Foods, Cheese|
|Drink with:||Good Friends & Family|
|Occasion||Rich roasted meats with root vegetables or rice | Share with friends who appreciate your wine knowledge|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 60 Minutes | Best after 2019|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||3+ Includes $1 Shipping|