Cristiano Van Zeller Rufo do Vale D. Maria 2010

Red Blends from Portugal

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Item No. 129317
  • red wine
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%

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%.

Winemaker's Notes

Rufo was born during an after-dinner talk with some friends, while elaborating about how to better our agricultural practices to improve the environment and increase the Aleactoris Ruffa's population in Vale D. Maria (Aleactoris Ruffa being the scientific name for the red-legged partridge). We agreed that the word Rufo, meaning red in Latin, would be a good name for a Douro red wine. But Rufo in Portuguese also means the sound of a drum, so when designing the new label, the drum quickly became the choice for the symbol of the new Rufo do Vale D. Maria, our entry level wine, and the one that announces and sets the beginning, the rhythm for our range of Vale D. Maria wines.

With a medium concentration of sugars and good acidity levels, Rufo do Vale D. Maria 2010 is an elegant and very fresh wine, with strong aromatic and fruity flavors and a very good freshness in its finish. Great balance and acidity, intense and velvety, with finesse and elegance.

Blend: 60% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca

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Stephen Bazzano - Vernon Rockville, CT (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/11/2014)
Style: Smooth & Supple
Essentially a table wine that will pair with just about any meats or pasta. Not memorable, just adequate.
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