Quinta do Vallado Reserva 'Field Blend' 2007
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Wine Spectator 96
WS TOP 100 2010 Rank 22
"Rich, powerful and finely crafted, with layers of concentrated red plum, currant, blueberry and kirsch flavors. Silky tannins knit it seamlessly together. The elegant and refined finish is filled with mineral, smoke and spice. Drink now through 2016."
Wine & Spirits 95
" Once part of Doña Antonia de Ferreira’s extensive holdings in Douro, the Quinta do Vallado is still in the hands of her descendents. The property rises above the confluence of the Douro and Corgo rivers, just east of Regua, the wine produced by another Ferreira descendent, Francisco Olazabal, whose family runs the Quinta do Vale Meão. Olazabal’s hand is apparent in the wine, which could stand in for a great vintage of Vale Meão in its brilliant richness and acidity. The schist hillsides come through in powerful minerality, the glints of red fruit and black stone reflecting across a vast expanse of flavor. The texture is supple; the heady spice and floral finish last for minutes. This is destined to be a classic, with the potential to develop for a decade or more."
Wine Enthusiast 94
" From old, mixed planting vineyards in the Quinta do Vallado, this is an impressively complex blend of flavors, from rich spice, smooth tannins, the richest plum juice and a gorgeous, opulent texture. It is ripe, drinkable now, but likely to benefit from several years aging."
Wine Advocate 92
" The 2007 RESERVA is an old vines (80-90 years) Douro field blend (70%), and younger vines (15 years) Touriga Nacional (30%). This adds a layer of depth - and some oak - as compared to the regular 2007 Tinto reviewed this issue. Smooth and rounded on the edges, it seems potentially exceptional, as long as the oak integrates better with a year or two in the cellar. As it stands now, I rather enjoyed the regular Tinto reviewed this issue more - a word to the wise for bargain hunters. I don’t think that will be the answer in five years, though, even though this should be approachable young. The tannins are rather ripe. Typical of this estate’s elegant wines, this should turn into a graceful and harmonious wine that should be a pleasure to drink. There were 4,113 six-pack cases produced. Drink 2011- 2020."