Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2011
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Wine Spectator's Top 100

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Wine Spectator's Top 100 - #07

Quinta do Vallado
Touriga Nacional Douro 2008

95 points / $55
2,188 cases made
Douro Valley, Portugal

The Ferreira family, once best-known for Port, branched out to table wine in 1995 at this estate overlooking the river Corgo. (They later sold the Port house.) Vallado’s team includes cousins João Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira and consulting winemaker Francisco Olazabal, who also works at his family’s Quinta do Vale Meão. Rather than a blend of grapes, this wine is a rare single-variety Touriga Nacional, a tricky grape to fully ripen. But the 2008 is dark and concentrated, with finesse.

 João Ribeiro, Francisco Olazabal and Francisco Ferreira
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