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2016 QUINTA DO VALE MEÃO Douro

QUINTA DO VALE MEÃO Douro 2016

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  • Country
  • Country
  • Portugal
  • Regulated designation
  • Regulated designation
  • Denominação de origem controlada (DOC)
  • Region
  • Region
  • Douro
  • Appellation
  • Appellation
  • Douro
  • Varietal(s)
  • Varietal(s)
  • Touriga Nacional
    Touriga Franca
    Tinta Cão
  • Color
  • Color
  • Red
  • Sugar
  • Sugar
  • Dry
  • About this winery

    While Quinta do Vale Meão only began bottling under its own label in 1999, the estate has an incredible history. Vale Meão was one of the shrewd acquisitions of the celebrated Douro landowner Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira. In 1877 she purchased 270 hectares of land near Vila Nova de Foz Côa in the Upper Douro, and over the course of the next decade established a model winery, planting all the vineyards from scratch. The Quinta remained in the family and is owned today by Francisco Javier...

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Press reviews

  • - 98 Points -

    - Editors’ Choice -

    April 2019

    This is a major, impressive wine. Its power and tannins are matched by its style, rich dark fruit flavors and its dense sense of structure. The potential of this wine, with its poise between juicy acidity and structure is enormous. A mineral texture gives the wine its essential connection with the terroir of the Douro Superior. The wine comes from one of the top Douro estates, the last to be created by Dona Antonia Ferreira and one that is still in the hands of her descendants.

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  • - 96 Points -

    February 2019

    Well-crafted, balancing power and finesse, this red layers raspberry gelée, cherry tart and olive tapenade flavors with cured meat, black tea and wild rosemary accents. Sinewy tannins mark the rich finish, infused with licorice, mocha and baking spice aromas. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz.

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  • - 96 Points -

    August 2019

    The 2016 Tinto is an equal blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with others filling out the blend, all aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Denser than the 2017, but without its sunny demeanor, this seems richer and a little sexier, if not quite as pure. The fruit is still gloriously flavorful. Beautifully structured, delicious and guaranteed to be a pleasure to drink, this is just entering a stage where you might approach it. I'd still say that it will do better if you come back around 2023-2025. It is going to be hard to resist, but it should age well.

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