2008 Quinta do Vallado Tinto

Year: 2008
Appellation: Douro
Country: Portugal
Wine Advocate: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Red Wine
Price :
$12.95
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"The 2008 TINTO is a Douro blend, 30% Touriga Franca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 5% Sousao, and the remaining 20% an old vines field blend (70+ years). This is often one of the Douro’s nice bargains when Vallado hits a good vintage. Aged in a mixture of French oak (20% for 14 months) and stainless steel (80%), it has fine aromatics on opening and great purity of fruit, if rather modest concentration. It is interesting to compare this to the ’07—and the balance may yet change-- but at the moment I’d give the slight nod to the 2007, if only because there seemed to be just a little funk on this wine, which seemed to get stronger with aeration, perhaps a bit of reduction. That may improve. Either way, this is an awfully nice Tinto at a rather attractive price point, well crafted, graceful, elegant and charming, and with some character. It is simply a pleasure to drink and should be better in a year or two. There were 15,810 twelve bottle cases produced. Drink now-2018.

The 2008 vintage in Portugal is probably not quite as consistent for reds as the 2007 vintage, and they are certainly differently styled, a little crisper and pointed, but on a winery-by-winery basis, some people did as well or better. Vallado seems to have put together a superb 2008 vintage. The wines seem bright and focused, with the structure to age and develop in the cellar. They are wines worth seeking out." (WA)

"This entry-level wine from Quinta do Vallado includes purchased grapes in the blend. The latest vintage has stalky, chewy fruit, acidity, solid tannins. Spice and pepper liven up the simple red fruits." (WE)

HEARTY, APPEALING $12.95 RED FROM DOURO VALLEY PORTUGAL (Was $20) 2008 DOURO VINNO TINTO, Est. Btld. VALLADO

This ’08 is a big, hearty, earthy, rustic in an appealing way, “take no prisoners” red; a fine chap to have with full flavored hearty food such as a great hamburger, many Mexican dishes and full-flavored casseroles. To paraphrase and add to a recent review of this wine in the L.A. Times, it is as “versatile a red wine as a cru Beaujolais, a Cote du Rhone red, a California Syrah and a hearty Chianti.” The L. A. Times review actually said a “top notch Chianti,” a bad analogy at this is far more a kissing cousin of the hearty less elegant Chiantis of yesteryear and the more modest priced ones of today.

And by the way when the L.A. Times recommended this wine they listed its price at $20, well L. A. Wine Company has it at a super discounted $12.95.

The vineyards this wine comes from are also used to supply the basic grapes for Port, whose home is this Douro valley. This ’08 is made from more then six different grape verities, none of which are familiar to almost anyone except the most diligent and curious of Port wine drinkers. There’s good fruit in this earthy wine, reminiscent of dark plums, currants and blueberries. Enjoyable now, the wine will keep well for another 4 or 5 years.

RATING: 88/89

PRICE: $12.95, ****bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
Nearly 75% of the Estate-grown grapes came from younger vines (8-to-12 years of age), with the remaining 25% coming from very old parts of the vineyards (vines of 70 years or older). The majority of the grapes, both from the old and newer vines, were fermented in 10,000 kg stainless steel tanks for a week, while a small portion of the grapes from the old vineyards were foot-trodden and fermented in lagares for the same period. All the grapes were fermented at controlled temperatures, ranging between 26 degrees and 28 degrees C. The finest of the press wine, from a traditional basket press, was also used for aging into the final blend. Eighty five present of the final blend was aged 14 months in stainless steel tanks, while the remaining 15% was aged in 225 litre French Allier Oak barriques for 14 months, until final blending.

In the heart of Portugal’s most famous wine region – the Douro Valley – near the historical center of Regua, the Quinta do Vallado vineyards, winery and guest house spread across both banks of the Corgo River at the very point where it meets the Douro. With winemaking references that date back to 1716, the Quinta belonged to the legendary Portuguese vintner D. Antonia Adelaide Ferreira, and has remained in the family through modern times.

The current owners, Joao Ferreria Alvares Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira and Francisco Olazabal, are the sixth generation of this remarkable family, and the family’s mission to produce some of the best still wines of this fertile valley continues with the red blends and varietals that are exported worldwide. Of the 38-hectare Estate, 26 hectares are filled with vines 60 years and older. It is from these vines that Quinta do Vallado’s Red Reserve and Touriga Nacional wines are made, so it is no wonder that the wines are often found to be rated and reviewed among the best wines from the Douro.