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2005 Quinta do Vallado Portugal Red "Reserva"

Quinta do Vallado 2005 Reserva

Winery: Quinta do Vallado

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Reserva"

Wine Category: Portugal Red

Grape blend: 70% Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca & others, 27% Touriga Nacional, & 3% Sousao

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Douro

State or country: Portugal

Price: $60

Cases produced: 1,666

KWG Score: 94.4 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: March 20, 2009

Wine Review: This very dark purple Reserve wine from Portugal is quite impressive. This wine opens with a very pleasant blackberry and currant like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, elegant, and sophisticated. The flavor profile is a chalky black currant flavor with a hint of blackberry. The finish is dry and has extremely well managed dusty dry tannins that are quite persistent. This wine is for near term consumption and I would pair it with a prime rib. Enjoy this gem - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This blend is very dark red, with crimson highlights with fig and black plum aromas, and a hint of balsamic oak. 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.

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