Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Red 2017 (Portugal) Rated 97TP

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Rated 97
This strikingly beautiful single-vineyard red is made from a lineup of indigenous grapes, including Tinta Amarela, Rufete, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Francesa, among others, grown on 60-year old vines. That maturity comes through thanks to vivacious aromas of roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, and boysenberry. The wine's rich, concentrated power - illustrated by teeth-gripping plum-skin tannins - is built up by notes of anise and dried violets. But its muscle is balanced by grace, with a silky flow of tobacco, tar, and cedar on the finish.

Wine Tasting Notes
Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Red has stunning fruit coming out of the glass, with flavorful aromas of cherries, raspberries, plums and blackberries, typical of the field blend that makes this wine. It is concentrated, with a fine structure and power that enhances the succulent texture of the wine. It is well balanced, with a fresh feel in a harmonious blend, making it an extremely elegant wine. This is a wine to have now, for the experience of fresh fruit, or to hold back and age in bottle for many years to come. Pair this wine with game dishes, such as partridge and quail. A slow roasted beef, with oven baked potatoes and vegetables is also a favorite.
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