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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Cristiano Van Zeller Quinta Do Vale D. Maria Vinho Tinto 2009
Cristiano Van Zeller Quinta Do Vale D. Maria Vinho Tinto 2009
(search item no. 114498)
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $54.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Reds are incredibly deep in color, violet, dark red and purple, have a tremendous concentration of mature dark red fruit aromas, with a very typical predominance and blackberries, black cherries and plums. The aging in cask is concentrating the original mature tannins of the wine and has smoothened its power, originating very powerful, though very elegant wines with great balance and finesse and a very long and fruity finish.
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About Cristiano Van Zeller:

Cristiano Van Zeller, previous owner and director of Quinta do Noval, is launching a range of new ports under the De Zellaer label. Zellaer is the medieval spelling of the name Van Zeller. The Ports come partly from Cristiano's own vineyards in the Douro, Quinta Vale da Mina and Quinta Vale D. Maria, and are partly selected from special stocks in Vila Nova de Gaia that are made available to Cristiano. Cristiano has tried to move away from the mainstream port styles, offering special ports like the Unfiltered Reserve from his own vineyards and his personal Selection Tawny. The LBV comes from his own Quinta Do Vale Da Mina and in good years Vintage Port, from both his quintas will be produced. Some outstanding red table wines from the single quintas are made.