Quinta do Vale Meao Douro 2018
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Wine Enthusiast 99
This stellar wine comes from one of the grandest estates in the Douro, created in the 19th century by Dona Antnia Ferreira, whose family still owns it. For such a massive wine, it is surprisingly elegant. It is dense with tannins and black fruits but also sophisticated and certainly ageworthy. Drink from 2026. Cellar Selection.

Wine Spectator 95
A beautiful red that shows both finesse and power, layering glossy ripe cherry, raspberry reduction and orange ... read more
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Item ID: #42521
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Enthusiast 99
This stellar wine comes from one of the grandest estates in the Douro, created in the 19th century by Dona Antnia Ferreira, whose family still owns it. For such a massive wine, it is surprisingly elegant. It is dense with tannins and black fruits but also sophisticated and certainly ageworthy. Drink from 2026. Cellar Selection.

Wine Spectator 95
A beautiful red that shows both finesse and power, layering glossy ripe cherry, raspberry reduction and orange peel notes with spice, anise and dried violet accents. Enticing, with mineral, Earl Grey tea, mocha and wild herb details echoing on the long finish. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz. Best from 2022 through 2035.

Wine Advocate 92
The 2018 Tinto is a 50/45 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with dollops of Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca filling out the blend, all aged for 16 months in 50 new and 50 second use French oak. It comes in at 14.3 alcohol. Creamier and more sensual than the Meandro this issue, this mostly shows off its oak right now. That will get better as this ages and pulls in the wood. Even now, though, it drinks fairly well. The tannins are ripe, although this does show more power with extended aeration. It tastes great and retains the elegance for which this bottling is famed. It should age well and it should improve more.

Wine & Spirits 91
The Olazabal family farms this Douro Superior quinta where vines fan out along a fault line of granite and schist. The riverside blocks produce a generous and bold wine, the 2018 virtually half and half tourigas nacional and franca, with small additions of tintas barroca and roriz. Briefly foot trod (with 10 percent of the stems), this ferments in small vats then ages in French oak barriques (60 percent new). The oak dominates the wine for now, surrounding blackberry, date and olive notes in mouth-coating wood tannins. Theres savory fruit detail underneath, needing bottle age to emerge.

Very concentrated in color. Deep and complex nose with lots of aromatic nuances, yet maintaining the balance between them. In the mouth it is vibrant, in a set of great elegance, showing an excellent integration of the wood, a surprisingly large variety of flavors, and a very long aftertaste.
Blend: 50 Touriga Nacional, 45 Touriga Franca, 3 Tinta Barroca, 2 Tinta Roriz ~ Winery notes

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