Friday, November 2, 2018
Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History
journey to Portugal, I was pleased to see that we were going to visit Quinta do Vallado, a Douro winery that I knew something about. Back in 2014, I tasted and reviewed their 2011 Quinta do Vallado Reserve and I wrote: "Once you sample it, you'll discover a complex and enticing melange of flavors, including ripe plum, black cherry, fig, dark spices, mineral notes and hints of earthiness. Silky tannins, a long and pleasing finish, and excellent structure & balance. It is a hedonistic, delicious wine which will make you crave another glass." I was excited to taste more of their wines, to experience what else the winery had to offer.
Sogrape, except for Quinta do Vallado, which remained with the descendants of Dona Ferreira.
The 2016 Vallado Touriga Nacional (19 Euros) is made from 100% Touriga Nacional and was aged for about 18 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. Violets were prominent on the nose, and the complex palate presented deep flavors of ripe plum and black cherry with a spicy backbone and silky tannins. An elegant and delicious wine with a lengthy, satisfying finish.
2011 Vintage, which was a great year, it still was a stunning wine, from its alluring aroma to its complex and seductive taste. It is a well-balanced wine, silky smooth and impressive. A great choice and highly recommended.
When visiting the Douro region, consider staying at Quinta do Vallado, a quality winery in a beautiful setting, which will be sure to elevate your visit to Portugal.