Six Grapes Special ‘River Quintas’ Edition Port pays homage to the original Six Grapes label that helped make the wine famous so many years ago. We chose two classic riverside vineyard sites for our ‘River Quintas’ blend, the first being the nineteenth century stone terraces at Graham’s Quinta do Tua, which are remarkable for the sheer thickness of their schist walls.
This is the latest in a series of special releases under the Six Grapes label. It comes from Graham's south-facing vineyards on the Douro north bank. The wine is of vintage Port quality—rich, but with some fine tannins. The jammy red fruits are lifted by acidity and by the fine perfumed character.
Bold, with exuberant blueberry and açai berry paste flavors leading the way, backed by blackberry cobbler, chocolate and melted licorice notes. Flirts with the heady side but a bolt of graphite through the finish keeps this racy. A solid, gutsy drink now, or you could tame this with a bit of cellaring.
The structure is excellent—it has moderate tannins, is tight on opening and responds a bit to warmth and aeration...The intensity of flavor and the color are both impressive as well. The aromatics are enticing, and the finish is special for a Ruby Reserva.