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Quinta Do Vallado Red Blend Douro Vinho Tinto 2007

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

This powerful and refined red delivers concentrated flavors of plum, dried cherry and spice. Offers a fine texture, with plenty of savory herbal notes, followed by a long, olive- and smoke-filled finish. Drink now through 2015. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

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Quinta do Vallado:
Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the Douro Valley. It once belonged to the legendary D. Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, and still belongs to the family of her descendants. It lies on both banks of the Corgo river, a tributary to the Douro river, right near to its mouth, close to the town of Peso da Régua. For almos... Read more
Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the Douro Valley. It once belonged to the legendary D. Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, and still belongs to the family of her descendants. It lies on both banks of the Corgo river, a tributary to the Douro river, right near to its mouth, close to the town of Peso da Régua. For almost 200 years, Quinta do Vallado’s main activity was the production of Port wines that were sold to the Ferreira Port House (belonging to the Ferreira family). At that time Ferreira bottled and sold the wines under its own brands. Following Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira’s great achievement, her great grand-son Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, and his son Jorge Cabral Ferreira were the main architects of the further development of the Quinta’s vineyards and winery. Departing from the centuries-old tradition of selling the farm’s production to the Ferreira Portwine House, in 1993, under the direction of Guilherme Álvares Ribeiro and his wife Maria Antónia Ferreira, the company decided to extend the business towards the production, bottling and commercialization of own-label wines. Also in 1993, under the guidance of Prof . Nuno Magalhães, the farm started a deep restructuring of its vines, with the objective of both increasing the production of high quality grape varieties, and the adoption of vine plantation and training systems permitting better growth and an easier mechanization of works. The new vines were planted in clearly defined areas, breaking with the tradition of mixing different varieties in the same vineyard. The homogenization of treatment, ripening and picking times made for a clear improvement in processes and translated into a much more regular, easy to control and economically effective quality production. One of the new methods introduced was to make a general preliminary survey of the crop. This permits to prune out surplus clusters from some of the high-producing varieties, while still green, greatly enhancing the quality and the richness of the remaining grapes. With 44 ha of vineyards aged from 6 to 10 years and having kept 26 ha of the best old plots, more than 80-years old, Francisco Olazabal (oenologist) and Francisco Ferreira (head of agricultural management) have taken the farm to international acclaimed levels of quality and recognition. As the new vineyards reach their adult age and the knowledge of each variety and plot deepens, the expectations grow: The owners believe Quinta do Vallado will make a huge qualitative leap in the next 5 to 10 years. Read less

External Reviews for Quinta Do Vallado Red Blend Douro Vinho Tinto

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This powerful and refined red delivers concentrated flavors of plum, dried cherry and spice. Offers a fine texture, with plenty of savory herbal notes, followed by a long, olive- and smoke-filled finish. Drink now through 2015. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Ample, perhaps even formidable (certainly for a $20 wine), this has a beautiful tactile feel to the fruit. Itandrsquo;s as plump and sweet as a perfectly ripe red plum, the tannins reserved and elegant, expressed in the soft mode of pencil lead and cedar shavings. Smooth and ready to enjoy, this would make a luscious accompaniment to grilled lamb.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2007 TINTO is a Douro blend. It is another fine andldquo;regularandrdquo; Tinto in this very consistent 2007 vintage. This relatively low priced Tinto has a hidden advantage in that a significant portion of its blend (27% this year) is an old vines field blend from 70 year old vines. The young vines portion (defined as 15 years old, which is fine for most people) includes Touriga Franca (25%), Tinta Roriz (20%), Touriga Nacional (20%), Tinta Amarela (5%) and Sousao (3%). Although it does not show a lot of mid-palate depth, noting that the wines from this estate are always on the more elegant side, it has fine structure and complexity, a certain earthy nuance and some brightness. It is gripping on the finish and should develop a medley of flavors as it ages. It is yet another in the string of regular or second wines in this vintage that perform particularly well at excellent price points. Drink nowandndash;2017.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

The 2007 TINTO is a Douro blend. It is another fine ldquo;regularrdquo; Tinto in this very consistent 2007 vintage. This relatively low priced Tinto has a hidden advantage in that a significant portion of its blend (27% this year) is an old vines field blend from 70 year old vines. The young vines portion (defined as 15 years old, which is fine for most people) includes Touriga Franca (25%), Tinta Roriz (20%), Touriga Nacional (20%), Tinta Amarela (5%) and Sousao (3%). Although it does not show a lot of mid-palate depth, noting that the wines from this estate are always on the more elegant side, it has fine structure and complexity, a certain earthy nuance and some brightness. It is gripping on the finish and should develop a medley of flavors as it ages. It is yet another in the string of regular or second wines in this vintage that perform particularly well at excellent price points. Drink nowndash;2017.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Nice concentration and intensity to this full-bodied, red table wine, with an alluring aroma of roasted meat and spice. Rich blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors are deftly balanced and linger on the finish. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

All black smoke up front, then concentrated black fruit comes on strong in the end. This is a lean and ripe Baixo Corgo wine, with a squeal of acidity to place it with roast rabbit or duck.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Ample, perhaps even formidable (certainly for a $20 wine), this has a beautiful tactile feel to the fruit. Itrsquo;s as plump and sweet as a perfectly ripe red plum, the tannins reserved and elegant, expressed in the soft mode of pencil lead and cedar shavings. Smooth and ready to enjoy, this would make a luscious accompaniment to grilled lamb.



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