2010 "Rufo" do Vale D. Maria Douro

SKU #1125226 Jancis Robinson

 The Wine Society tasting note says it all: 'Fresh tasting, mineral, and fragrant.' Actually manages to be quite lifted and lively. No heat. No raisined-fruit notes. Really very good value.  (4/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Snappy fruit flavors of dried strawberry, cherry and dark currant feature well-concentrated pepper and spice notes. Offers dark chocolate on the finish, with licorice notes. Drink now through 2015.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

This is a very polished, elegant Douro wine at any price, let alone something coming in under $15! Composed of de-classified fruit from the pricier CV and Quinta cuvees, the grapes are foot trodden in lagares and the aged in one to three year-old French oak barrels. There is nice structure here (no surprise for a Douro wine from the excellent 2010 vintage) as well as lovely freshness to the curranty dark fruit. A very strong effort from one of the "Douro boys" and leading producers in this region. (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese and Spanish wine buyer) Touriga Franca (60%) and Touriga Nacional (40%)

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