92 pts Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2015
Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional (30%), Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, from the older dry stone terraced vineyards at La Rosa. Mainly from the Lamelas vineyard planted by Tim Bergqvist more than 20 years ago.
Being quite approachable as a young wine, it can either be drunk now or kept for up to 5 or so years. Serve at cellar temperatures, the 2011 is ideal with any meat dish or cheese. A versatile wine, it also goes well with spicy dishes as well as robust fish.
On the nose, wild herbal, shrub-like flavours of the Douro are evident. The ripeness of the La Rosa 2012 is almost perfect, giving good aromatic complexity but maintaining all the freshness and elegance that the excessive summer heat sometimes gives to Douro wines. Quite full bodied with lively tannins highlighting the flavours and giving the wine life. Long and versatile, it is a wine for almost all food and all occasions.
The wine was fermented in small stainless steel vats and then matured in aged Allier French oak casks, mainly Francois Freres, Taransaud and Seguin Moreau, before being bottled in January 2015. We have 37,5cl, 75cl, magnums and larger formats avaialable.