2016 Quinta Vale do Meao "Meandro" Douro

SKU #1406955 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Meandro do Vale Meão is a blend of 30% Touriga Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz and various others, all aged for 14 months in used French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Take a bottling that always performs well for a modest price, add a vintage that produced a lot of ripe fruit and you might get one of the finest Meandros ever made. Not quite bottled when seen (but the final blend), this shows exceptional concentration for the level, vivid fruit and surprising freshness. The tannins are moderate but provide good support for the fruit. Everything is lifted too--this is in no way a fruit bomb. The only remaining question is what this turns into. It should age well for this price range and improve. (MS)  (8/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 The second wine of Quinta do Vale Meão is named after the massive meander the Douro takes to almost surround the estate. It has much of the tannic structure and rich fruit of the first wine while being already more approachable. Red-berry flavors and ripe tannins are cut with acidity that will soften over the next year. Drink from 2021. *Editors' Choice* (RV)  (4/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A muscular red, with olive and dried meat aromas flanking the dried raspberry and cherry flavors. Accents of spice, dried rosemary and iron detail the tannic finish. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Alicante Bouschet and Tinta Amarela. Best from 2020 through 2027. (GS)  (5/2019)

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Alcohol Content (%): 14