#22 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
This blend is very dark red, with crimson highlights with fig and black plumb aromas, as well as tobacco and a hint of balsamic oak. The palate shows great structure and a full-bodied firmness, with mature, silky tannins. Mineral notes mix with the aforementioned fruit, leading to a very elegant, complex and persistent finish.
"This is rich, powerful and finely crafted, with layers of concentrated red plum, currant, blueberry and kirsch flavors. Silky tannins knit it seamlessly together. Elegant and refined finish is filled with mineral, smoke and spice. Drink now through 2016."
"Once a part of Dona Antonia de Ferreira's extensive holdings in Douro, the Quinto do Vallado is still in the hands of her descendants. The property rises above the confluence of the Douro and Corgo rivers, just east of Regua, the wine produced by another Ferreira descendant, Francisco Olazabal, whose family runs the Quinta do Vale Meao. Olazabal's hand is apparent in this wine, which could stand in for a great vintage Vale Meao in its brilliant richness and acidity. The schist hillsides come through in powerful minerality, the glints of red fruits and black stone reflecting across a vast expanse of flavor. The texture is supple; the heady spice and floral finish last for minutes. This is destined to be a classic, with the potential to develop for a decade or more."
Wine & Spirits
"From old, mixed planting vineyards in the Quinta do Vallado, this is an impressively complex blend of flavors, from rich spice, smooth tannins, the richest plum juice and a gorgeous, opulent texture. It is ripe, drinkable now, but likely to benefit from several years aging."
"The 2007 RESERVA is an old vines (80-90 years) Douro field blend (70%), and younger vines (15 years) Touriga Nacional (30%). This adds a layer of depth—and some oak—as compared to the regular 2007 Tinto reviewed this issue. Smooth and rounded on the edges, it seems potentially exceptional, as long as the oak integrates better with a year or two in the cellar. As it stands now, I rather enjoyed the regular Tinto reviewed this issue more—a word to the wise for bargain hunters. I don’t think that will be the answer in five years, though, even though this should be approachable young. The tannins are rather ripe. Typical of this estate's elegant wines, this should turn into a graceful and harmonious wine that should be a pleasure to drink. There were 4,113 six-pack cases produced. Drink 2011-2020.
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