2004 Lemos & Van Zeller "Quinta Vale D. Maria" Tinto Douro (Elsewhere $45)

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93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Tinto (Quinta Vale D. Maria) is delectable, with gorgeous fruit. It has structure, too, and with air its penetration and grip become obvious. It may not be quite as bold as its 2003 counterpart, but its balance is better. Make no mistake, however – the reason for this wine’s existence is to be seductive and sexy. The fruit opens nicely, a tasty cross between plums and strawberries. Although the 2003 shows better at the moment, this has a chance to equal and surpass with a couple of years in the cellar. Drink 2008-2016." (02/07) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Lush and flavorful, with balance and elegance to the red plum, berry and savory spice elements. Well-crafted, with silky tannins and a creamy finish of paprika and cardamom. Drink now through 2010. 250 cases imported." (12/06) 91 points from International Wine Review: "The 2004 Quinta Do Vale D. Maria displays a saturated garnet color with intense aromas of chocolate, red plum and smoke. In the mouth it is rich and velvety with high toned fruit flavors, excellent balance, nicely sculpted tannins and a long finish."

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Staff Image By: Joel Nicholas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2009 | Send Email
If you’ve been wondering what dry Portuguese reds are all about, this wine is the perfect place to start. Luscious dark plum and blackberry mingle with hints of smoky vanilla on the palate. Very soft in the mouth with just a little grip on the finish. A great wine at $45 and an absolute STEAL at $30!

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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.