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Quinta do Vale Meão

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Very concentrated in color. Intense nose, complex, with many aromatic nuances. A vibrant palate with great elegance, excellent integration of wood, and a wonderful spectrum of flavours, with a very long and complex finish.


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Portugal, Douro
750 ml
Grape Varieties:
  • 60% Touriga Nacional
  • 30% Touriga Franca
  • 5% Tinta Roriz
  • 3% Tinta Barroca
  • 2% Tinta Cão
Quinta do Vale Meão Douro Tinto
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In 1877, Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, owner of the largest winemaking estate in the Douro, purchased 300 hectares of virgin land at auction from the Vila Nova de Foz Côa municipality. Her dream was to create a model vineyard from nothing, using for this the vast experience she had acquired throughout a lifetime as a Douro landowner. This ambitious project took eight years to complete, from 1887 to 1895. Sadly, this grand lady’s pleasure in her last and most significant enterprise was of short duration as she died in 1896. Since then, the estate always remained in the hands of her descendants. In the 1970s, her great-great-great-grandson, Francisco Javier de Olazabal became responsible for its management and he began the long and laborious process of acquiring the shares that belonged to his kin and to other co-owners of the property. In 1994, he and his children became the sole owners of the Quinta. Until then, the grapes from the estate were sold to A.A. Ferreira S.A., the company established by Dona Antónia’s descendants, where they formed the basis of some its finest wines. This connection continued until 1998 when Francisco Javier de Olazabal resigned as Managing Director of A.A. Ferreira S.A. to dedicate himself, together with his oenologist son Francisco de Olazabal y Nicolau de Almeida, to producing, ageing and marketing the wines from the Quinta through a new company, F. Olazabal & Filhos Lda.

The Quinta vineyards were subject to a major reconversion and replanting beginning in the 1980s. The new vineyards were planted with blocks of single-variety vines, most especially Touriga Nacional, a varietal that until then had practically been abandoned in the Douro. This varietal has proven to be particularly well suited to the edapho-climateric characteristics of the Upper Douro and it contributes greatly to the quality and originality of the Quinta wines. Their complexity is guaranteed by the careful use of the different types of soil that exist in the Quinta - schistose, granitic and alluvial. The winery's aim is to uphold the originality and complexity of their wines by exploring, to the utmost, the combination of the different traditional Douro varietals grown. They also give preference to combining traditional winemaking methods in lagares with modern technologies.

"This wine is dominated by Touriga Nacional, which offers a backbone of dark tannins that gives it a firm structure and will allow it to age for many years. Produced in open stone lagars, it has richness and impressive opulence in black fruit tones that are cut by juicy acidity." Drink from 2022. - 97 points, Wine Enthusiast, RV, Cellar Selection, April 2016, 2013 vintage

"The 2013 Tinto (the Estate, flagship red here) is a blend of 58% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 5% Tinta Barroca and 2% Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in 225-liter Allier barriques (80% new and 20% second use). It comes in at 14% alcohol. Adding a layer of concentration and more power to the Meandro, its sibling reviewed this issue, this has a wonderfully elegant feel, while adding some surprising pop and power to the gripping and lingering finish. Let’s not forget the part where it provides wonderful intensity of flavor on the finish. It’s just delicious this year, without ever being candied, sweet or obvious. Subtle at times, yet intense and persistent, this perfectly balanced beauty should hold well. It has some things to prove in the cellar, but it should develop well. As time goes on, I’m expanding drinking windows, but let’s remain a little on the conservative side. Sourced from vines averaging 45 years in age, there were 2,050 cases produced." – 95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Mark Squires, March 2016

"Ripe and full-bodied, with firm and rich flavors of dark plum, blackberry and mocha. Displays a luscious creaminess, with concentrated dark chocolate notes and a well-spiced, muscular finish. Drink now through 2018."  93 points, Wine Spectator, June 2013

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