A deep, dark red, with aromas of balsamic, oak, fig, black plum and hints of tobacco. Well balanced with firm but round tannins.
Wine Spectator 91 points - This lush, vibrant red drips with unctuous dark fruit flavors that feature plenty of cocoa powder and spice accents. Well-balanced and fresh, with a long, rich and creamy finish. Drink now through 2016. 2,541 cases made. –KM
(Feb 29 2012)
This historic estate dates back to 1716 and was bought in 1818 by Dona Antonia Adelaide Ferreira. The current owners, Joao Ferreria Alvares Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira and Francisco Olazabal are the sixth generation to continue their family’s rich winemaking traditions.
Of the 64 acres planted to vine, 40% are at least 80 years old and all wines in the Quinta do Vallado’s portfolio are made using estate fruit.
|A field blend of more than than 20 grape varieties including Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Touriga Franca. 69% of the fruit came from vines older than 80 years, and 31% was sourced from 10-15 year old Touriga Nacional vines. The field blend and the Touriga Nacional grapes were vinified separately in stainless steel tanks, with daily pumpovers and fermented for 8-20 days. The wines aged for 17 months in French oak barriques, of which 73% was new.