2011 Vintage is likely to be seen as one of the best ports for many decades. Jorge says it is the most impressive he has made at La Rosa in the last decade and I cannot remember tasting anything so spectacular since we started in 1988. It is always a challenge to taste young vintage ports. The 2011 is showing perfect balance. The colour, dense and black, is supported by fabulous rich blackcurrant fruit and an incredible complexity and length on the palate with liquorice and spice. There is power and at the same time elegance. All our ports are made in the 'house style' namely slightly drier without any cloying sweetness that is often associated with ports. As in our wines, we search for harmony and equilibrium from our vineyards and we try to enable the grapes to express themselves in the bottle. The La Rosa style is to make well defined wines without too much extraction and tannin.
Refined, with flavors of dark plum, dried blackberry, mineral and tar. This offers lively hints of dried mint, showing some cedary accents. Features impressive lift on the finish, accented by chocolate notes. Best from 2030 through 2060. 425 cases made.
A densely tannic wine, firm at the center and richly fruity on the outside. It is concentrated, with acidity shooting through the jammy black fruit. It's a finely structured wine, likely to age well, but showing its rich side already.