QUINTA DO VALLADO
DOURO VALLEY, PORTUGAL 2017
Portugal has been a trendy destination for travelers in recent years, and more and more wine drinkers are discovering what many of us have known for a while now: that Portugal is among the best bets in the world, with great values up and down the scale.
For the adventurous as well as the discerning, though, Portugal might be even more rewarding, with its promise of snagging wines at the mid-level that punch far above their weight—like the pair we bring you today, in which legacy, tradition, and modern winemaking come together with almost effortless grace, including a Reserva Red that Wine Advocate awarded 95 points.
The producer? Only one of the most esteemed estates in all of Portugal: Quinta do Vallado, founded more than 300 years ago, in 1716, on the banks of the Corgo River, by one Dona Antonia Adelaide Ferreira. Today, her great-great-great grandsons run the place, uniting past and present.
The gorgeous, rolling vineyards include more than 30 varieties of grapes, and all thirty play a part in the Reserva Red 2017, a wine distinguished by remarkably focused fruit and exceptional balance. The Wine Advocate was just as enamored of that balance, calling it "sensually textured ... [with] plenty of power on the finish to go with its beautiful mid-palate finesse."
The award-winning winemaker, Xito Olazabal, has a gift for producing wines that deliver both power and delicacy, and these qualities are on ample display in the Touriga Nacional, also from 2017. Here's the Wine Advocate again, in a 94-point review: "Ripe, succulent and expressive … You expect the aromatics, but the intensity of flavor is a bonus...the mid-palate has admirable finesse."
If you've been reluctant to take a chance on Portugal, we get it. But these are some of the finest reds we've come across at this price point this year, with pleasures and rewards to be had from first sip to last. Unfortunately, though, the Portugal secret is out and we don’t have many cases. So hurry!
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