Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2013 Duas Quintas was recently seen in Porto, but since it is now in the USA and we now have a vertical, let’s take another look. It is the latest offering in the brand. It is a blend of 43% Touriga Nacional, 37% Touriga Franca and dollops of other grapes for the remainder (Tinta Roriz, Tinta da Barca, Tinta Barroca, Sousao, Tinto Cao and Tinta Amarela). About 30% of the juice was oak-aged in well used barrels and 20% aged in well used tonels; the rest in stainless steel. This has put on a surprising amount of weight since I first saw it, fleshing out and seeming very serious now. Gripping on the finish, it has a real backbone and some intensity, yet it is also perfectly balanced and approachable right now (if you must). The oak shows just a bit, but it is integrating well already. The fruity little wine from a few months back seems to be gaining seriousness in front of our eyes (or, at least mine). Given the tricky 2013 vintage, this is a pretty respectable performance that increasingly looks downright impressive for the regular Duas Quintas. As the vertical this issue demonstrates, these do age well, but let’s be a bit conservative, keeping in mind that all the wines in this vertical were obtained from the winery. That’s pretty good provenance. Not everyone will duplicate that.
"This Duas Quintas regular Tinto was seen several months back in a less formal setting, but it is worth a new look, as it is officially in the USA now. It shows extremely well. It is principally 45% Touriga Nacional and 35% Touriga Franca, with 5% each or less of a variety of other grapes, including Tinta Roriz, Tinta da Barca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão and Tinto Cão. Approximately 50% was aged in stainless steel tanks, 30% in large oak vats (tonels) and 20% in French oak barrels (all from 3 to 5 years old), all for 14 months. This is often an extremely appealing basic Tinto. Its claim to fame will be its fresh fruit, marvelously tasty, exuberant and vibrant in its youth. It has enough structure and definition to make it seem like real wine. It does have nice structure and balance. At this price level, this will fill most desires for a nice house wine. Its charm and elegance should make it very appealing. It can also be chilled down a bit and be a perfect summer wine. It should be a crowd pleaser in the short to mid-term. For the moment, I am going to continue to lean up on this. That may not always be the case, but it is simply hard to resist." Robert Parker