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2019 Quinta Do Vale Meão Douro Red DOC

2019 Quinta Do Vale Meão Douro Red DOC

Producer: Quinta Do Vale Meão

Region: Douro

Country: Portugal

Grapes: 60% Touriga Franca, 35% Touriga Nacional and 5% of Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca

Vintage: 2019

ABV: 14%

Vivino: 4.7
Drink By: 2035


Occasional Wine Note: It is crazy that we do not get as much exposure to these fantastic wines from Portugal as we should (outside of Port), and this one will have you pinging us for more. It's dynamite! There are so many layers of flavor with the fruit playing a prominent role, but not overpowering the other layers. This is one where the Vivino scores are well aligned with what the critics think. An absolute stunner.

  • Wine Enthusiast

    Critic Score: 98

    This is the estate wine of the grand vineyard founded by Dona Antónia Ferreira in the 19th century. It reflects the splendor of her concept, with its grand tannins and powerful black fruits. It is concentrated, with a streak of minerality and a dense texture. Drink this impressive wine from 2027.

  • Wine Advocate

    Critic Score: 96

    The 2019 Tinto is a blend of 60% Touriga Franca, 35% Touriga Nacional and dollops of Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca filling out the blend, all aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Often seeming sensational for its concentration of fruit flavor, this adds more depth and power than the Meandro, as well as more concentration of fruit flavor. The long, gripping finish slams the fruit into the palate, but this is never particularly astringent nor really what you would call fruity, exactly. It always retains an elegant and graceful demeanor as well. As it airs out, it acquires more mid-palate finesse, too, then caresses the palate with velvet. This will be accessible fairly young, while aging rather well. I'd still give it a year or three in the cellar for better results, but I confess that its fruit is so enticing right now that it is hard to resist even today. This looks brilliant and something likely to do everything well as it ages, but I'd like to see some proof of exceptional development, so let's be a little conservative just now. It should improve over the next few years, at the least. There have been a lot of great Estate Tintos from Vale Meão in the last decade, but this is certainly one that is going to vie for bragging rights.

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