Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2012 Front Label
Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2012 Front Label

Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2012

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

With a dark crimson color, the 2012 Quinta Do Vallado Touriga Nacional boasts great concentration and aromas of bergamot and wild fruits, with floral (violet) and spicy hints. The taste is elegant, fruity and round, with silky tannins. It is a very balanced wine, with a long, fresh finish.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Touriga Nacional was aged in French oak barriques for 16 months (32% new, the rest second and third use). It comes in at 14% alcohol. Focused and expressive, this elegant Touriga is wonderfully graceful, making its bones on its harmony rather than size and power. Beautifully balanced, it becomes sexy and sensually textured as it airs and fleshes out. The concentration is a bit on the modest size, but this is immensely appealing in many ways and it does flesh out a bit in the glass as it wakes up. If it does not seem quite as deep as Vallado's Reserva reviewed this issue, it has far more personality. They are both a pleasure to drink. There were 6,500 six-packs produced.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Raspberry and dark currant flavors dominate this elegant red, with medium-grained tannins and notes of cocoa powder. Dried mint accents emerge on the plush finish. Drink now through 2020. 3,250 cases made.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
One of a pair of single-varietal wines produced at Vallado, this displays all the perfumed, tannic character of Portugal's almost-national grape variety. It's packed with structure, dark berry fruits and a dry core that's firm. The acidity and the violet perfumes are enticing now, although it is going to age well. Drink ideally from 2018.
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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 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.

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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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Gaining great popularity for its bold but beautifully aromatic dry red wines, Touriga Nacional is the noblest variety in Port. Originating from the Dão region, today it grows throughout the Douro Valley. Somm Secret—As many as 80 grape varieties can be used to make Port, each contributing something unique to the resulting blend. Touriga Nacional adds great color, tannins and aromatics.

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