2005 Quinta do Vallado "Reserva" Douro (Elsewhere $55)

SKU #1037183

94 points and #28 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2008: "A powerhouse of a wine that promises huge fruit flavors, this is a time bomb of richness, which will break through those dark tannins and the closed, dense texture." (11/1/2008) 94 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "A selection of the best bunches from vines more than 80 years old, this is youthfully tight and unyielding, a dark red wine compressed into cool spice. Air brings out the complexity and supple elegance of the fruit. The wine turns ornate, with layers of flavor from dark cherry to mulberry and porcini mushroom. Higher up, there's a floral character that plays with the peppery spice." (04/08) 92 points from Wine Spectator: "Concentrated blackberry aromas and flavors dominate this very juicy, fresh-tasting red. Strong notes of dark chocolate and French roast fill the finish. Drink now through 2012. 150 cases imported." (02/08) And 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2009 | Send Email
Portugal produces some of the most distinctive red varieties in the world, many of which require a 'VSI' or 'vine scene investigator' (aka ampleographer) to unravel after logging long hours in the vineyards. This wine is a ravishing expression of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Sousao, cultivated from select older vines in the Douro. Dense flavors of mulberries, vanilla, licorice and tarry spice permeate the palate, leaving to a lingering finish. Enjoy with braised shortribs!

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- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.