Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2009

Red Wine from Portugal

Item No. 117596
  • red wine
  • WS95
  • RP92
  • WE92
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: 14.5%

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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

#13 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

With a dark crimson color, this Touriga Nacional boasts great concentration and aromas of bergamot and wild fruits, with violet and spicy hints. The taste is sweet, round and mature, with silky tannins. Red fruits follow through from the nose into a long, concentrated, fresh finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Very polished and ripe, with intense mocha and spice aromas and powerful flavors of blackberry, French roast coffee and black olive. The long finish is filled with effusive dark chocolate and Asian spice notes, with hints of toast and cream. Drink now through 2020."
95 Points

"The 2009 Touriga Nacional, sourced from the winery’s 1994 plantings, was aged in 50% new French oak. A bit too oak tinged in its youth, this nonetheless has gorgeous structure, impeccable balance and fine concentration. It should absorb the oak as it ages. Just holding it in the glass for 90 minutes started to prove that pretty well. Give it a year or two to settle down. I was not as easily convinced by this as by its sunny 2008 predecessor, but ultimately I think they are more or less qualitatively comparable, if somewhat differently styled, this one being bigger. This has a lot to offer, including fine concentration and seductive texture. Vallado has become a player in monovarietal Touriga Nacional. There were 6,916 six-bottle cases produced. Drink now-2020. "
92 Points

"A solid, dark wine, this is structured and firmly tannic, deliciously perfumed. The black currant fruit is balanced with acidity and a dense, tarry character. The wine exudes dark power, very firm and certainly ageworthy."
92 Points

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Style: Big & Bold
Very tannic when opened. Needs decanting for awhile. An interesting wine, spicy nose but expected more for this price.
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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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