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The Top 10 Wines of 2014

#4

Quinta Do Vale Meão

Douro 2011

97

Score

$76

Price

2,300

Cases Made

Located in the remote, upper Douro region of Portugal, Quinta do Vale Meão is producing stylish wines from its rugged surroundings. Its 2011 Douro is a blend of native Portuguese grapes Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, all sourced from vines planted in single-variety blocks. Winemaker Francisco Olazabal vinified the blocks separately, applying both traditional (such as foot trodding) and modern winemaking techniques (aging in French oak barriques, 80 percent new).

Quinta do Vale Meão, which produces both dry reds and Port, is among the Douro's new and revitalized estates.

Winemaker Francisco Olazabal mixes the traditional and the modern.Photo by Sonja Dräger

Tasting Note:

A lush, seductive red, filled to the brim with an array of dark fruit and kirsch flavors, accented by plenty of cream and spice notes. Silky tannins and molten chocolate hints add richness. The long finish echoes with mineral and white pepper details. Best from 2015 through 2022. –Kim Marcus

  • Special Designation: Highly Recommended
  • Region: Douro, Portugal
  • Issue Date: May 31, 2014