Quinta do Vallado Douro Tinto 2009

Red Blends from Portugal

$23.99
Item No. 115689
  • red wine
  • WS90
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The Quinta do Vallado Douro Red is dark red, with crimson highlights and an intense, mature red fruit nose, with hints of violets and "esteva" (a local Portuguese herb). The palate shows great structure and a full- bodied elegance, with mature, round tannins, leading to a long, persistent finish.

Critical Acclaim

"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

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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(7/26/2012)
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Not a wine for those who love big jammy fruit and super smooth tannins. Though there is great fruit here, it's more of the wild berry, brambly version of that, almost like dried fruit flavors. Excellent herbal notes in the background and a bit of floral, like violets there too. I love this because in no way does it try to be something it's not. True sense of place. Bit of fruit, bit of earth, bit of spice... great finish and all around balance. Great value, too!
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elf - San Mateo, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(7/26/2012)
Style: Smooth & Supple
Pair with: Cheese > Cheddar
A very good solid and tasty red. I would say it's between medium to full bodied. It brings to mind juicy raisins ... really pleasurable to sip. It's also just a nice alternative to Napa Cabernet in the same price range.
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Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(7/26/2012)
Best kept secret of the wine world? Portugal! Undervalued and overshadowed by it's more famous neighbors, Portuguese wines are always struggling to earn some respect (picture Rodney Dangerfield looking bug-eyed and incredulous). Well, I love you Portugal and this wine is the perfect example of why. 2009 Tinto is lively, juicy, savory and chalk full of sexy tannins. It's a complete wine and completely integrated, so don't be afraid to drink this now. This is a winemaker to watch. Vallado is always at the top of the rating charts, no matter what the vintage.
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In the heart of Portugal"s most famous wine region - the Douro Valley - near the historical center of Regua, the Quinta do Vallado vineyards, winery and guest house spread across both banks of the Corgo River at the very point where it meets the Douro. With winemaking references that date back to 1716, the Quinta belonged to the legendary Portuguese vintner D. Antonia Adelaide...

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Portugal The country best known for Port, Madeira and corks is often overlooked when consumers think of red and white still wines - but take note! The table wines of the region have improved dramatically in the past few decades. The winemaking areas trickle down the country's narrow shape, bordered by the Atlantic on the west and Spain on the east. Notable...

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