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    Cristiano Van Zeller Quinta Do Vale D. Maria Vinho Tinto 2009
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 96 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Portugal

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 114498

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Reds are incredibly deep in color, violet, dark red and purple, have a tremendous concentration of mature dark red fruit aromas, with a very typical predominance and blackberries, black cherries and plums. The aging in cask is concentrating the original mature tannins of the wine and has smoothened its power, originating very powerful, though very elegant wines with great balance and finesse and a very long and fruity finish.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 2009 Tinto (Quinta Vale D. Maria) is a Douro field blend. This year, it has a sexiness to it that is captivating. Yet, that is certainly not all it has. The structure is impressive as is the balance, although it may need a few years to get where it’s going. The tannins are obvious, sometimes hard edged, but they are ultimately going to integrate. In its youth, the oak is also a touch obvious, but it is equally clear that will integrate, too. This seemed easy to categorize early on as sexy, ripe and tasty. There is tremendous potential here, mostly submerged at the moment. For every 15 minute interval it was open, it changed and got better. Put this in the cellar and come back in 5-6 years. Let it show you what it has. It will be a contender for one of the best Vale D. Marias. It will be a contender for wine of the vintage. It is tremendous. Drink 2014-2030.

    96 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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