Quinta do Vallado 2009 (Douro)
In the heart of the Douro region, a few miles from the historical centre of Régua, Quinta do Vallado spreads along both banks of the Corgo River, right where it meets the Douro. With references dating back to 1716, the Quinta belonged to the legendary D. Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and has remained in the family ever since. It is now in its sixth generation. Douro red has wonderfully concentrated aromas, with intense mature red fruit aromas, hints of violets and “esteva” (a local Portuguese resinous bush). With a great structure, full bodied, matured round tannins, and a long persistent finish, this is a red to try. Pair with traditional portuguese cuisine and make a real night of it!
Juicy, meaty, lots of blue florals, a hint of ashy Douro soil and very mineral. This will unpack and evolve very well. Looks very good. Tourigas Nacional and Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Sousão. “Essence of blackberry and raspberry, with interesting accents of sage and tarragon. Offers understated power, with a fresh acidity that keeps it all lively. Finishes with mineral and black olive”. 90 Points; Wine Spectator
The 2009 Tinto is this year’s version of Vallado’s entry level red, which has become a consistent value point in this lineup and in the Douro in general. A blend of 30% Touriga Franca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 20% old vines field blend (70 years or more) and 5% Sousao, it is rather concentrated this year, with good focus and structure, plus persistent, rather delicious flavors. 90 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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