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Quinta de la Rosa

Quinta da Rosa Vinhos do Porto, Lda.

Founded 1906
Owner Bergqvist family
Vineyards Quinta de la Rosa, Vale do Inferno, Quinta Amarela nas Bateiras, Dona Clara (originally Quinta de Lameiro do Rego), Quinta das Lamelas
Vintage Port Brands Quinta de la Rosa, Vale do Inferno
Web-site www.quintadelarosa.com

Quinta de la Rosa is owned by the Swedish Bergqvist family, and is currently run by Tim and his daughter Sophia. Tim's grandfather, Daniel Bergqvist came to Portugal from Sweden. Daniel’s son Eric married Clair Feuerheerd. The Feuerheerds, came from Hamburg, Germany, to set up trading, mining and wine interests in Porto and Viana do Castelo. The Bergqvist family have been shipping port since 1815 originally trading under the family name Feuerheerd Brothers.

Quinta de la Rosa was purchased in 1905 as a christening present for Tim's mother, Claire Feuerheerd. Albert, Claire's father, quickly expanded the property, purchasing Quinta Amarela nas Bateiras in 1907. Tim's mother Claire died in 1972.

The original name of the Quinta de la Rosa property was Quinta das Bateiras, but was later changed to De la Rosa. the name originates from a brand the Feuerheerd family sold in Jerez in the beginning of the twentieth century. Quinta de la Rosa expanded further with the acquisition of Quinta de Lameiro do Rego in 1973, which was later renamed after Tim’s mother, Dona Clara. Quinta das Lamelas was bought in 1985.

Vale do Inferno is the oldest vineyard at Quinta de la Rosa. It was built by Sophia Bergqvist's great grandfather, Albert Feuerheerd, just before the First World War and is situated along the banks of the Douro, two kilometres from Pinhão. The vineyard boasts some of the highest dry stone terrace walls in the Douro, towering up to 5 meters high. Ramps, instead of steps, were built into the walls allowing mules to plough the whole vineyard. This was quite unusual for the time. Vale do Inferno has mixed planting of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela. A few of the vines date back to Sophia's great grandfather's original plantation.

Quinta de la Rosa first came to prominence as a Single Quinta Vintage Port in the 1920s when Feuerheerds declared 1924, 1927 and 1929 under the Quinta's name. Sadly the 1930's depression, and Albert's untimely death, saw the need to dispose of the Shipping House, Feuerheerd Brothers in 1933. The Quinta remained in the family hands and was run by Claire Bergqvist and then her son Tim producing grapes and selling them to Croft and then latterly Sandeman. La Rosa grapes went into Robertson Brothers’ Vintage Port Rebello Valente.

In 1988 the Bergqvists, led by Tim and his daughter Sophia, decided to relaunch Quinta de la Rosa, taking advantage of the change in the Port Wine regulations. These changes enabled producers to sell port direct from their estates and not via Vila Nova de Gaia near Porto.

In the Quinta de la Rosa 1999 vintage port, all the grapes came from the vineyard Vale do Inferno. This is the only time that Vale do Inferno has been released as a single quinta vintage.

Quinta de la Rosa Vintages:1924 (Feuerheerd), 1927 (Feuerheerd), 1929 (Feuerheerd), 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1972 (bottled by Sandeman), 1978, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
Vale do Inferno Vintages:1999

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuinta de la Rosa
Feuerheerd
Vintage1924
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetPharmacy and ether in the nose. Unbalanced and alcoholic.Score range15.75 - 15.75
TasteMature and quite old. Not quite balanced and had faded a bit. Quite agreeable finish. Very interesting and exciting anyhow.Average score
Last tasted15th January 2004Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la Rosa
Feuerheerd
Vintage1929
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetPharmacy and ether in the nose.Score range15.40 - 15.40
TasteMature and quite old. Alcoholic. Quite tasty and complex with a nice finish. Quite good for the year.Average score
Last tasted10th April 1998Point this date15.40
CommentAt a tasting in a friend’s home.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1988
ColourYellow, mature in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetCrème caramel, cacao, toffee, coffee and dried fruit and Christmas spiciness in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Will probably not be better but has still some very elegant and soft tannin. Christmas spiciness, cacao and dried fruit in taste. Balanced with sweetness but very elegant. Have a quite attractive and complex finish.Average score15.81
Last tasted15th September 2016Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Semi-Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1990
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetRoses, herbs, mulberry and figs in the nose.Score range14.75 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and almost on top but still some soft tannin. Very tasty with herbs and figs in flavour. Balanced and elegant with a long and attractive finish. Surprisingly good for the vintage.Average score15.44
Last tasted16th April 2014Point this date16.25
CommentAt home with our Wine Tasting Group.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1991
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and elegant Very tasty with burned sugar in flavour. Nice and attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted12th November 2003Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1992
ColourYellow, mature quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetToffee, some fudge, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and rather elegant with some soft tannin but will not improve. Coffee and fudge in taste with a nice finish. Easy to drink indeed. An interesting and long finish.Average score15.50
Last tasted8th November 2018Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2018 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1994
ColourStill very dark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetPepper, mustard and black cherry in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.75
TasteFull-bodied. Still not quite mature and with some soft tannin. Complex and balanced port with an interesting, long and attractive finish. Lovely port indeed.Average score16.25
Last tasted2nd April 2012Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1995
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned candy, fudge and burned sugar in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Mature but will improve due to some soft tannin. Fudge in taste. Easy to drink and enjoyed with an attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted18th September 2014Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1996
ColourStill very dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetHerbs, sweet liquorice, some mulberry, cacao, dark chocolate and cinnamon in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and almost peaking but with some elegant tannin. Sweet liquorice, cacao and dark chocolate in flavour. Quite attractive and sweet with an impressive finish but as always easy enjoy.Average score15.88
Last tasted23rd July 2018Point this date16.25
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1997
ColourStill very dark but with a yellow mature rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetFudge, a little toffee, cream candy and crème caramel in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Quite mature but with some soft tannin and will probably not be much better but balanced and delicious today. Fudge, toffee and cream candy in taste with longa and quite interesting finish. Very easy to drink and like with an interesting and long finish.Average score
Last tasted30th April 2018Point this date16.25
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1998
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetComplex nose of cherry and old grocery shop.Score range14.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Fruity. Still immature and some soft tannin. Balanced and easy to drink and like. Attractive finish.Average score15.00
Last tasted7th November 2005Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la Rosa
Quinta Vale do Inferno
Vintage1999
ColourDark blue, beautiful in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetBlack cherry, fruity, minty and dark berry in the nose.Score range15.75 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Dark cherry in flavour. Sweet. Still immature and soft tannin. Nice and balanced. Loaded with fruit. Nice and quite attractive finish.Average score15.83
Last tasted6th June 2012Point this date15.90
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2000
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetVery juicy and dark berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and full of tannins. Loaded with fruit. Easy to like and even to drink. Attractive port.
Last tasted3rd November 2003Rating this dateVery good/ Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2003
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely bouquet of mulberry, black cherry, roses and spring flower.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Still lots of tannin and will be much better. Mulberry in taste. Complex and balanced with a quite long and attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted10th May 2014Point this date16.25
CommentTasted in our Private Wine Club.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2004
ColourDark ruby in colour with a yellow mature edge.Number of tastings3
BouquetRoses, spring flowers and some toffee in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Rather mature but still with some elegant and delicate tannin. Balanced and quite attractive with roses and flowers in taste and a nice and very interesting finish.Average score15.70
Last tasted30th November 2018Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2005
ColourStill a hint of ruby in colour but also a quite yellow broad edge.Number of tastings3
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and some elegant spiciness in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Still a bit immature and will be better but with some lovely tannin. Easy to drink and enjoy today but probably not a long runner Cacao, chocolate and roasted coffee in taste with a rather attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted5th November 2018Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2007
ColourStill quite dark in colour with just a hint of an amber rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetCacao, coffee, spiciness and with a hint of mint in the nose.Score range14.90 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and almost peaking with still some soft tannin and will probably be better. Balanced and lovely to drink and enjoy. Cacao and spiciness in taste with an attractive finishAverage score15.45
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2011
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, dark berry and black cherry in the nose
TasteMedium body. Lots of tannin. Mulberry in taste. Hard to appreciate today but very promising and interesting. Long and tannic finish. Will be lovely to follow.
Last tasted3rd November 2014Rating this dateVery Good/ Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2012
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetMulberry, spring flowers, coffee and roses in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Quite light tannins and very easy to like, drink and enjoy! Mulberry, spring flowers and roses in taste. Balanced and quite complex with a nice and rather interesting finish.Average score15.25
Last tasted3rd March 2018Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2014
ColourDark ruby in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetSpring flowers, plum, candy, dark berry and sweet jam in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Still tannin of course but easy to drink and enjoy. Balanced, very elegant and complex. Sweet. Mulberry and candy in taste. Lovely and attractive finish.
Last tasted5th November 2018Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2016
ColourLovely ruby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetSpring flowers, roses and quite minty in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature of course but balanced and very easy to drink and like already today. Flowers as roses and mint in taste with a quite nice and rather attractive finish.
Last tasted30th November 2018Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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