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Quinta Vale D. Maria Curriculum Vitae Douro 2010

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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Curriculum Vitae Douro is incredibly deep colored violet, dark red and purple, with a very high concentration of mature dark red fruit aromas, black cherries and plums. The aging in new oak casks concentrates the original mature tannins of the wine and helps smoothen its power, originating in a very elegant wine with great balance and finesse and a very long and fruity finish.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 CV is the winery’s celebrated old vines (80+ years) blend, aged in a mixture of new (75%) and old barriques for 22 months (meaning that this was just bottled in August, 2012, making it a big, young puppy). Happily (about a full point) lower in alcohol than last year’s version, this is well balanced while once again being the deepest wine in the lineup. If it does not quite seem as fresh and elegant as the Vale D. Maria, in its own right it is still rather harmonious and a pleasure to drink, a wine that makes its bones with balance and concentration (relative to the vintage) rather than sweetness and power. It should become a remarkably graceful CV in time. It is a bit oak tinged at the moment, but that should be absorbed well. This is super and I think it is a big success, especially in the context of this vintage. It should be approachable young, but of course it will benefit from a few years in the cellar to allow it to develop some expressiveness. It tightens noticeably with air. There were 6,000 bottles produced, plus some large format bottles. Drink 2015-2026.
JS 91
James Suckling
Aromas of blackberries, spices and minerals. Licorice too. Full body with velvety tannins and a beautiful finish. Modern and focused. Drink or hold.
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Quinta Vale D. Maria

Quinta Vale D. Maria

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Quinta Vale D. Maria, Portugal
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Quinta Vale D. Maria's efforts are about innovation. Our wines are about personality, character, excitement, pleasure, fun, reliability, innovation, people, and life.

A dedicated team of viticulturists and winemakers - Sandra Tavares da Silva, Joana Pinhao and I - tries to make sure that each and every one of our wines is a testimony to our life's philosophy. We hope that when tasting them you will also agree that we have accomplished at least some of our ambitions.

Portugal

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Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent dry wines, Portugal is unique in that it relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to the west on the Iberian Peninsula, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, perhaps due in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. Portugal is a long and narrow country, which makes for considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast. With the exception of Port, most Portuguese wines have struggled to garner attention in the international marketplace, perhaps due to the unfamiliar and difficult to pronounce nature of most of its grape varieties and terminology, which means that there are many excellent values to be discovered here by the adventurous consumer. The country is perhaps better known for being the world’s leader in cork production than for its wine.

Port, made in the Douro Valley, is the fortified wine for which Portugal is most famous. The same region also produces full-bodied dry wines made from the same set of grape varieties, which include Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo). The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast. Other dry wines of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of the north, the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão, and the bold, jammy reds of the Alentejo.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

FBR107048_2010 Item# 134888