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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
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 range
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.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1992
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBlack cherry and plum in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and full of tannins. Hard to swallow. Very fruity. An interesting and long finish. Quite impressive.
Last tasted22nd March 1995Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI
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.
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
ColourDark blue almost still black in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetHerbs, dark cherry, some mulberry, cacao and cinnamon in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Rather mature but with some soft tannin. Dark cherry and some chocolate in flavour. Quite attractive but not so impressive finish but as always easy to drink and like.
Last tasted15th April 2015Rating this date15.50..75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage1997
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetJuicy and black cherry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and lots of tannin. Loaded with fruit. Rather easy to like but with an interesting and long finish.
Last tasted5th November 2001Rating this dateVery good/ Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
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.
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.

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 blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetBlack cherry and plum in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body Very fruity and tasty but light and elegant. Balanced tannins and a lovely finish.Average score15.50
Last tasted2nd November 2009Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2005
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark berry and fruity in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and lots of tannin. Quite light with nice fruit in flavour. Nice finish.
Last tasted3rd November 2008Rating this dateVery good / Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
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 Festival 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.

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 tastings2
BouquetMulberry, spring flowers, coffee and roses in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Quite light tannins and very easy to like, drink and enjoy! Mulberry and roses (?) in taste. Balanced and quite complex with a nice and rather long finish.Average score
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de la RosaVintage2014
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetSpring flowers, plum, candy and sweet jam in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Still tannin of course but easy to drink and enjoy. Balanced. Sweet. Mulberry and candy in taste. Lovely finish.
Last tasted6th November 2017Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark

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

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