As someone who travels to Portugal frequently, I know that you simply don’t find a lot of rosé options in restaurants or retail. The irony is that over the history of Portuguese wines, one of the most exported was a rosé. Presently, we have a small selection of dry Portuguese rosé to choose from, but nowhere near the amount of other European offerings. Though much of the Douro is too warm to produce refreshing dry rosé, Quinta do Romeu is the exception, sitting in the northernmost part of the valley. With a much cooler microclimate compared with that of the heart of the Douro, Romeu has the opportunity to showcase an absolutely delightful, refreshing, dry rosé. Environmental factors, such as the two rivers that flow near Jerusalém do Romeu, have cut up the valley into different expositions, with very diverse soils and microclimates allowing Romeu to produce quality wines of lower alcohol, bright acidity, and fresh fruit character.
The 2020 Romeu rosé is a blend of traditional Douro grapes: Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão, and Touriga Nacional. The grapes are destemmed, with the Touriga sitting on its skins for six hours before pressing. The grapes are then cofermented in stainless steel tanks, where they remain until bottling. This beautiful rosé explodes from the glass with notes of wild strawberry, flowers, and spice. Medium-weight on the palate, with great freshness and vibrancy. It never feels too “fruity” and is incredibly thirst quenching.
Quinta do Romeu
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