2017 Quinta do Vallado Reserva, Douro Valley, Portugal

2017 Quinta do Vallado Reserva, Douro Valley, Portugal



Absolutely packed with drop dead gorgeous fruit, but also possesses tremendous cellaring potential if you can possibly resist.  Also see 2017 Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional.

The Reserva 2017 is a magnificent, traditional field blend incorporating some 32 varietals from 100+ year old vines growing on extremely steep terraced slopes of schist.  It too has been aged of 16 months, but in just 20% new French barrique.  The alcohol is 14.5%.  The Reserva displays an amazing purple briar fruit, and a yin-yang of power and finesse.  It is such a no brainer!

See Robert Parker/Wine Advocate 95 point rating below.  Should be $70 a bottle.  NOW $64.95 or 4+/$59.95 a bottle (can be combined with the Vallado Touriga Nacional ’17 for best pricing)..

“…Sensually textured, it has plenty of power on the finish to go with its beautiful mid-palate finesse.   It seems very sophisticated.  Focus and precise, this looks like a great Reserva from Vallado.  Plus considering the wave of pricey upper-level wines lately , it’s also a relative value point in the lineup.  How will it age?  Let’s start here – but be prepared to cellar it for a few years, at the least, to allow it to become more expressive….Drink 2022 to 2042.”



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