|Arriving at the front gate of Quinta Vale D. Maria|
|Douro Valley terroir cross section, this is schist rock, not so much soil.|
|The entrance to the Quinta Vale D. Maria facilities|
|The dark green vertical vineyard on the far ridge is part of the source for Quinta Vale D. Maria|
|The main vineyard source of the Quinta Vale D. Maria and some of their oldest vines at about 65 years old.|
|Lagares for foot treading of the grapes, the best wines in the Douro all receive this treatment.|
|Fermentation tanks and barrels busting at the seams.|
|Joana Pinhao explaining the wine making process at Quinta Vale D. Maria|
|Barrels racked 4 high.|
|The four red wines we tasted at Quinta Vale D. Maria.|
|Picture time at Quinta Vale D. Maria, what a view!|
|Van Zellers Blanco 2011|
|Rufo Douro Tinto 2010|
60/40 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca
Aged 12 months in neutral oak barrels
Bright red flavors, juicy and exuberant, crushed raspberries, black cherry, very accessible and easy to drink. 40,000 bottles produced.
|Van Zellers Tinto 2010|
7 grape varieties, with the majority being Touriga France and Touriga Nacional. 20% comes from older 35 year old vineyards, 18 months neutral oak
20,000 bottles in 2009/11,000 in 2011
Notes of black cherry, tobacco, licorice, blueberries, with supple tannins and good acidity.
|Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Tinto 2010|
Made of 40+ different Portuguese grape varieties from vines averaging 60 years old. Dark ruby red in color with vibrant red edges. A beautiful and persistent nose, full bodied but seem like it is medium to full because it is so well balanced. Elegant red fruits like cherry, plum and currants abound. Suave and ripe tannins mesh well with ample acidity, a long and persistent finish. Well balanced and very classic in terms of well made old world red wines from Europe, a very classy wine.
20,000 bottles production; 21 months in oak, of which I am told 60% was new and the rest neutral barrel.
|The electric 2011 Reserva Port Lot #11|
A juicy, drier style, in the glass as it settles down. A small streak of fine grilled herbs, black cherry, oodles of blue berries. The finish sails on, long and easy.
2011 Reserva Port Lot #11
Dense, intense, yet elegant and crazy long, persistent and clean, fresh on the palate weight wise and on the finish. Oodles of blackberry, creamy blueberry, cherry and roasted herbs, this is a case buy for sure!