2015 Luis Duarte Vinhos Rapariga da Quinta Reserva

Year: 2015
Appellation: Alentejano
Country: Portugal
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
Price :


Alicante Bouschet 50%, Aragonez 30%, Touriga Nacional 20%

"The 2015 Reserva Rapariga da Quinta is a blend of 40% Alicante Bouschet and 30% each of Aragonez and Touriga Nacional, aged for 12 months in 70% new French oak. It comes in at 14.2% alcohol. This is perhaps the best I've seen in the brand. Exuberant, tightly wound and showing good concentration, it finishes with brightness and flavor. It then adds some grip and length and shows the ability to become more expressive in the glass. It is pretty tasty but always rather refined and well balanced. You can dive in now, but at least six months more would help. It should hold well for at least a decade. This is a good value point in the lineup.

Luis Duarte is a well-known (and well-regarded) winemaker-consultant in Portugal. This is his own winery. In their own words: "Luis Duarte Vinhos is a family business founded in 2007 and run by Portuguese winemaker Luis Duarte and his wife, Dora Simões. It is located in southern Portugal at the Monte do Carrapatelo estate, in the winegrowing subregion of Reguengos de Monsaraz, which is in the heart of the Alentejo. Made with the grapes from Monte Novo in Reguengos de Monsaraz, the 42 hectares of vineyard enjoy a continental Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers. The vines were planted from 1982 to 2007."(WA)

"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 from 2019." (WE)