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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Quinta do Vallado Branco 2008
Quinta do Vallado Branco 2008
(search item no. 104940)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $19.79

Winemaker's Notes:

This unique white blend features melon on the nose, with flowers and mature fruit aromas. The palate is fresh, with great minerality, well-balanced and persistent, with pronounced citrus notes.

The grapes come from Estate vineyards. After handpicking, destemming and a very soft pressing, fermentation takes place for nearly one month at temperatures varying between 14 and 16 Celsius. Ninety percent of the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for five months before final blending and bottling, with the raining 10% is aged in new French Oak 225 litre barriques for the same period.

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About Quinta do Vallado:

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 Ferreira, and has remained in the family through modern times.

The current owners, Joao Ferreria Alvares Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira and Francisco Olazabal, are the sixth generation of this remarkable family, and the family’s mission to produce some of the best still wines of this fertile valley continues with the red blends and varietals that are exported worldwide. Of the 38-hectare Estate, 26 hectares are filled with vines 60 years and older. It is from these vines that Quinta do Vallado’s Red Reserve and Touriga Nacional wines are made, so it is no wonder that the wines are often found to be rated and reviewed among the best wines from the Douro.