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 balance. Mineral notes mix with the
aforementioned fruit, leading to an expressive and complex and finish.
"Sinewy yet refined, with impressive power behind the firm, crisp flavors of dark plum, olive and boysenberry, matched to notes of tarragon. Presents focused minerality midpalate, offering a long, vibrant finish of dried wild herb and slate"
"The 2011 Reserva red is, as always, an old vines field blend (with 80% of the grapes sourced from vines 80+ years old, plus 20% Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca from vines of approximately 20 years of average age). The blend was aged in French barriques (70% new) for 17 months. Crisp and elegant, this has a beautifully balanced feel to it. There is nothing obvious or sexy here. It simply becomes more expressive and interesting with aeration (4+ hours), at which time it proves that there are promises here that will be kept. At the moment, unevolved and not too far off of its bottling date, it still has some things to prove in the cellar."
The Wine Advocate
Big & Bold
Rich and delicious but not over-the-top, the 2011 Quinta do Vallado Reserva packs a load of ripe fruit on the palate; lots going on here; some black fruit and leather in the finish.