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Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Red 2010

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14.89% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A very elegant and a very fresh wine, with good color, violet, dark red and purple, with a good concentration of mature dark red fruit aromas, black cherries and plums and gentle aromatic and fruity flavors. Great balance and acidity, intense and velvety, with finesse and elegance, so traditional of Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Red. The ageing in 75% new and 25% one year old French oak casks concentrated the original mature tannins of the wine and has helped 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 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 TINTO (QUINTA VALE D. MARIA) is an old vines field blend from the oldest parts of the Quinta (approximately 60 years), aged for 21 months in barriques, 75% new. This is a very different wine and a very different style than the blockbuster 2009. Depending on whether they fulfill their anticipated evolutions and depending on the personal tastes of the consumer—who knows, some might prefer this. The alcohol this year is 14.5%. It seems far more restrained and balanced, if lacking that extra "wow" component that it often has and had in 2009. Yet, as I sat with this, it seemed remarkably graceful, balanced and persistent. If it is not the biggest or deepest—noting that it still adds about 2 layers of depth to the Casal Loivos bottling—it is still pretty fine. As it aired out, it seemed rather fresh and it developed a more complex flavor medley as well, with a hint of herbs. Its harmony and balance may serve it in good stead and it lacks little. I left a few ounces in a glass for two hours. It was better when I came back. It should be approachable young, but it will age pretty well, too. This is a nice success in the vintage and a good example of how this vintage will work when it does—not a lot of the obvious, but good balance and very pleasing drinking. There were 22,010 bottles produced, plus some large format bottles. Drink 2015-2025.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Well-rounded, with rich spice and fruit flavors, including plum compote, raspberry tart and nutmeg. A rich vein of chocolate, with light minty accents, runs through to the luscious finish.
JS 90
James Suckling
A fruit-dependent red with hints of new wood. Full body with lightly toasted oak and a fruity, berry and chocolate finish. Solid wine. Big style but I like it. Drink or hold.
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Quinta Vale D. Maria, Douro, 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.

The home of Port—perhaps the world’s most popular after-dinner drink, the Douro region of Portugal is one of the world’s oldest delimited wine regions, established in 1756. Less well-known but often of excellent quality are the region’s dry table wines, both red and white. The vineyards of the Douro, set on the slopes surrounding the Douro river (known as the Duero in Spain), are among the steepest in the world, necessitating the use of terraces in much of the region. This often requires grapes to be harvested by hand—a labor-intensive process. The climate here is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and cold winters. There are three sub-regions of the Douro—Baixo Corgo, the mildest and wettest, Cima Corgo, where many of the best producers are situated, and Douro Superior, the hottest and driest. The best sites, typically with schist-based soils, are reserved for Port production, while table wines are usually grown on granite.

While more than 100 indigenous varieties are approved for wine production in the Douro, there are five primary grapes that make up most Port and table wines. Touriga Nacional is the finest of these, prized for its deep color, tannic and concentrated structure, and floral aromatics. Along with Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain's Tempranillo) helps to provide the backbone to these wine and adds bright acidity and red fruit flavors. Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca help round out the blend with their soft, supple textures. Tinta Cão, a fine but low-yielding variety, is rarely planted but still highly valued for its ability to produce excellent, complex wines. Rosé Port and table wines are produced from the same varieties, while whites are generally crisp, mineral-driven blends of Arinto, Viosinho, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, and an assortment of others.

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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.

FBR107047_2010 Item# 282034