Quinta do Vallado was founded in 1716 and has been in the Ferreira family almost that long. The estate is in Portugal's Douro Valley, internationally known for one of the great wines of the world, Port.
Port is usually a blend of several different grapes with Touriga Nacional being the accepted finest of the lot. It was tradition to plant a vineyard with all the varieties together. That made it easier to pick the entire vintage at once. But the folks at Quinta do Vallado came to the realization that not all varieties are created equal, and should be picked and vinified differently.
So, in 1993 they determined which varieties did best on which sites and completely restructured their vineyards. This was, needless to say, a very costly move. But better control means better wine. Now each varietal is picked and fermented separately and then blended together to make the best wine possible.
Dry, red wine from the Douro is a rarity and we wish they made them more often. They are nothing short of exciting wines with sprawling flavors and exotic nuances. Of course when you use only the best grapes of the lot, your chances of making a great wine is almost assured.
These grapes came from 90-yearold vines. The power and presence isunmistakable. The length and breadth of the flavors is dizzying. Ripe cherry and pomegranate descend on the palate and turn into plum, anise and exaltation. Large and luscious and a joy to drink.
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