Casa Ferreirinha Red Blend Douro Quinta da Leda 2007
‘Ferreirinha’ was the affectionate nickname of Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, the nineteenth-century head of the Ferreira port house, and the company’s unfortified Douro wines are bottled under the Casa Ferreirinha label. They were the pioneers of this style, launching Barca Velha with the 1952 vintage; it set the standard then for high quality dry red wines, and remains Portugal’s most sought-after to this day. The rest of the range follows in this tradition. The traditional Douro varieties that make up this wine are all from estates in the Pinhão area and some higher-altitude areas nearby. Grapes were hand-picked. This red blend has aromas of ripe redcurrant and raspberry as well as some hints of violets. It is well-balanced in the mouth, a result of the softness of Tinta Barroca, the body and length of Touriga Franca and the elegance of Tinta Roriz.
Could substitute this $10 Portuguese Douro for other crowd-pleasers at warm-season parties (but may need to decant some). On the nose candied cherry and berry with a hint of powdered sugar and vegetal; on the attack deep, almost sweet ripe cherry and strawberry, slightly astringent on the top of the tongue (tannins seem a bit greater than acid and open up the fruit nicely). Finishes with stone then fruit then slow fade to leather. Balance is somewhat toward the fruit but generally fair.
External Reviews for Casa Ferreirinha Red Blend Douro Quinta da Leda
There's firm structure behind the well-balanced red berry and white plum flavors, which feature notes of raspberry and spice. Shows dark chocolate flavors on the finish, with hints of graphite. Drink now through 2013. 500 cases imported. -KM
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