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    Quinta do Vallado Reserva Red 2009
    Other Red Blends - Portugal

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    • WE94
    • RP94
    Price: $60.00
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 94 Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine & Spirits, 91 Wine Spectator

    Region: Portugal

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 121688

    Winemaker's Notes:

    This blend is very dark red, with crimson highlights with balsamic oak aromas, as well as fig and black plum and hints of tobacco. The palate shows great structure and a full-bodied firmness, with mature, silky tannins. Mineral notes mix with the aforementioned fruit, leading to a very elegant, complex and persistent finish.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 2009 Reserva is revisited this issue as part of the vertical presented. A big mouthful in this vintage, this is palate-coating and gripping on the finish, showing its power and a burly demeanor that Vallado, which typically leans to the elegant, usually avoids. For all of that, if it is not the most typical Reserva in the lineup, it is pretty good, bursting with flavor, intense, focused and, yes, a little more dramatic than normal. This is coming along very well. It is still nowhere near peak, but it can be approached.

    94 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    An impressive wine from old vines. The 2009 has an extra depth of richness and full character. The black fruits go deep into the wine, hugely rich while still keeping a dark structure. Powerful and needing aging.
    Cellar Selection

    94 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    You've ordered short ribs and now you need a wine to drink with them. If you get this wine decanted, it will come out of the glass in layers of black, purple and dried fruit flavors with extreme, if not austere, tannins. The beef will braise right back into the fruit so you might be able to taste the 20-some-odd varieties that go into it, all from vines with more than 80 years of age, and the younger-vine touriga nacional, that purple-fruited freshness that makes up a third of the blend.

    92 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    This lush, vibrant red drips with unctuous dark fruit flavors that feature plenty of cocoa powder and spice accents. Well-balanced and fresh, with a long, rich and creamy finish.

    91 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    laurenmcgarry (1/30/2013)
    Classic like a Rolls Royce, smooth like a Benz, flashy like a Ferrari. This seductive, full-bodied intense wine is the love child of Sophia Loren and Benecio Del Toro. A must buy!
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    lydiarachelle (1/30/2013)
    This wine has a bold taste and was too strong for my personal tasting desires. It has a deep burgandy color too it and has an oakish smell to it. Tastes hints of dried fruit and black plum.
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    Buttaflygurl (1/30/2013)
    Great find! Nice fireplace, book & blanket red. Would go great with food as well. Smooth, light spice, good fruit.
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    Paula Purser (3/19/2013)
    Expected more from a $50 wine. Was very good and easy to drink. Just will not order again at this price.
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    nikkileth (1/30/2013)
    Smooth texture yet a flavors of spice jump out. This is a nice wine should be accompanied with food.
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    Jennifer Hannah-Murphy (3/19/2013)

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