Quinta do Vallado Douro
Vallado is a revitalised estate in the Lower Douro (Baixo Corgo) on the Rio Corgo run by Francisco Ferreira and João Ferreira Alvares Ribeiro. A new winery was completed in the late 1990s to handle the fruit from new and restructured vineyards totalling 64 ha and, so revitalised is this estate that, in 2008, they built a second, state-of-the-art winery and barrel room in anticipation of doubling production. Like others, Valldo has acquired 50 ha in the Douro Superior which they started planting in 2011. An unwooded, regular estate red (from a field blend of varieties) shows the earthy, smoky, dark, plum fruit of the Douro in a well-balanced, concentrated (and affordable) form. The wines are made by QUINTA DO VALE MEÃO’S Francisco Olazabal. A Reserva, aged in new French oak, has been made since 1999 (but not in 02 or 01) and has shown more sophistication as well as extra depth and concentration, especially from 2004 onwards. Vallado also make one of the Douro’s best single varietal ranges, the best of which is a rich, exuberant Touriga Nacional, followed by a Tinta Rorz and a Sousão grape which is very intense, concentrated and intriguing with the variety’s trademark freshness and deep colour (it is a teinturer variety). Flagship red, Adelaide, first made in the 2005 vintage (and only to be made in top years), comes from a single vineyard at 400m, home to the estate’s oldest fruit. Tiny yields account for its dense concentration and impressive structure – a wine whose potential has yet to be revealed. As well as three white wines, an aromatic, dry Moscatel and an unoaked and oaked blend, Port is also produced in the shape of 10-year and 20-year-old tawnies and, from 04, Vintage and LBV too.
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