2011 Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro

SKU #1160458 95 points Wine Spectator

 Finely textured, with pure and powerful flavors of dark currant, black olive, red plum and wild cherry, accented by notes of molten licorice. Latent tannins and vibrant acidity give this a lively mouthfeel, offering a refined finish of chocolate mousse. Drink now through 2022.  (4/ 2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Touriga Nacional, sourced from the winery-s 1994 plantings, was aged in French oak for 16 months, only 30% new, however, with the rest a mixture of second and third use. Gorgeously balanced and constructed, this has sensual texture and controlled tannins to go with the typical Touriga aromatics. It seems light on its feet, but there is actually quite notable mid-palate concentration here. It is a very fine performance from Vallado, which has become one of the more interesting monovarietal Touriga producers. At the moment, I'm thinking this is their best vintage yet, as unevolved as it is. I won't be surprised if it merits a slight uptick one day. There were 6,500 six-bottle cases made. Drink 2015-2030.  (12/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Quinta do Vallado, one of the Douro region's benchmark producers, made very good wine in 2011 - no surprise given the incredible quality of this vintage, a year that we've heard many Douro wineries, critics and fans of these wines refer to as possibly the best since 1963. While time will tell with 2011 Ports, the region's dry reds are now available and show both the strength of the vintage as well as the purity and approachability of the fruit. Here we have a rarity, a 100% Touriga Nacional in a region best known for blended wines. It shows big dark and mixed berry fruit flavors, that are generous and full bodied yet still show great minerality. Most anyone who is a fan of fuller bodied Napa reds, Bordeaux or Rhone wines should really enjoy this one. Drink over the next 7-8 years.

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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