2009 Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional

Year: 2009
Appellation: Douro
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
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100% Touriga Nacional

"Very polished and ripe, with intense mocha and spice aromas and powerful flavors of blackberry, French roast coffee and black olive. The long finish is filled with effusive dark chocolate and Asian spice notes, with hints of toast and cream. Drink now through 2020. 3,458 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Touriga Nacional, sourced from the winery’s 1994 plantings, was aged in 50% new French oak. A bit too oak tinged in its youth, this nonetheless has gorgeous structure, impeccable balance and fine concentration. It should absorb the oak as it ages. Just holding it in the glass for 90 minutes started to prove that pretty well. Give it a year or two to settle down. I was not as easily convinced by this as by its sunny 2008 predecessor, but ultimately I think they are more or less qualitatively comparable, if somewhat differently styled, this one being bigger. This has a lot to offer, including fine concentration and seductive texture. Vallado has become a player in monovarietal Touriga Nacional. There were 6,916 six-bottle cases produced. Drink now-2020." (WA)

"A solid, dark wine, this is structured and firmly tannic, deliciously perfumed. The black currant fruit is balanced with acidity and a dense, tarry character. The wine exudes dark power, very firm and certainly ageworthy." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Winemaker Notes:
The grapes come from Estate Vineyards planted in 1994 and were vinified in the new Quinta do Vallado red winery in were vinified in the new Quinta do Vallado red winery in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, each holding a maximum of five tons of grapes, with manual remontage. After malolactic fermentation took place (in the original stainless steel tanks), the wine was racked to 225 litre French Oak barriques, where it stayed for 16 months. Fifty percent of these were new, and the remaining were used one-and two-year old barriques so that the Touriga Nactional aromas were not overcome by oak.

Food Pairing Notes:
Serve at room temperature with light meat dishes, such as pork, or flavorful, hard cheeses from cow or sheep’s milk.