2007 Quinta do Vallado Reserva Douro

SKU #1055382

96 points and #22 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2010: "Rich, powerful and finely crafted, with layers of concentrated red plum, currant, blueberry and kirsch flavors. Silky tannins knit it seamlessly together. The elegant and refined finish is filled with mineral, smoke and spice. Drink now through 2016." (02/10) 95 points Wine & Spirits: "Once part of Doņa Antonia de Ferreira's extensive holdings in Douro, the Quinta do Vallado is still in the hands of her descendents. The property rises above the confluence of the Douro and Corgo rivers, just east of Regua, the wine produced by another Ferreira descendent, Francisco Olazabal, whose family runs the Quinta do Vale Meão. Olazabal's hand is apparent in the wine, which could stand in for a great vintage of Vale Meão in its brilliant richness and acidity. The schist hillsides come through in powerful minerality, the glints of red fruit and black stone reflecting across a vast expanse of flavor. The texture is supple; the heady spice and floral finish last for minutes. This is destined to be a classic, with the potential to develop for a decade or more." (04/10) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "From old, mixed planting vineyards in the Quinta do Vallado, this is an impressively complex blend of flavors, from rich spice, smooth tannins, the richest plum juice and a gorgeous, opulent texture. It is ripe, drinkable now, but likely to benefit from several years aging." (08/10)

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/25/2010  | Send Email
Considerably richer and slightly oakier, this reserve bottling has a larger proportion of old vine fruit, which is trodden by foot in concrete lagares, in the traditional Douro style. Though the wine is massively structured, the acidity adds some lift and keeps the wine nicely balanced. There are few $50 wines I can think of, from anywhere, that can so deftly balance this degree of flavor intensity, power and extract with an overall sense of balance. If you like your wine big and brawny, then this is the perfect bottle for you.

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Other Red Wines

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Portugal

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5