Quinta do Vallado Reserva Red 2009
Red Blends from Portugal
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
This blend is very dark red, with crimson highlights with balsamic
oak aromas, as well as fig and black plum and hints of tobacco. 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.
"An impressive wine from old vines. The 2009 has an extra depth of richness and full character. The black fruits go deep into the wine, hugely rich while still keeping a dark structure. Powerful and needing aging.
"The 2009 Reserva is an old vines field blend (with 69% of the grapes sourced from vines 80+ years old, and 31% Touriga Nacional from 10-15 year old vines). Seeming full in the mouth, with a velvety texture, this is sexier and richer than the regular Tinto, but its balance is nice and its structure beautiful. Tannins do emerge with air, as this wine fleshes out and wakes up. It evolves rather dramatically from the early impressions. It should be approachable early, but you would be well served waiting at least a year -- or three."
The Wine Advocate
"You've ordered short ribs and now you need a wine to drink with them. If you get this wine decanted, it will come out of the glass in layers of black, purple and dried fruit flavors with extreme, if not austere, tannins. The beef will braise right back into the fruit so you might be able to taste the 20-some-odd varieties that go into it, all from vines with more than 80 years of age, and the younger-vine touriga nacional, that purple-fruited freshness that makes up a third of the blend."
Wine & Spirits
"This lush, vibrant red drips with unctuous dark fruit flavors that feature plenty of cocoa powder and spice accents. Well-balanced and fresh, with a long, rich and creamy finish."
Classic like a Rolls Royce, smooth like a Benz, flashy like a Ferrari. This seductive, full-bodied intense wine is the love child of Sophia Loren and Benecio Del Toro. A must buy!
This wine has a bold taste and was too strong for my personal tasting desires. It has a deep burgandy color too it and has an oakish smell to it. Tastes hints of dried fruit and black plum.
Great find! Nice fireplace, book & blanket red. Would go great with food as well. Smooth, light spice, good fruit.
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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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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.
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