Thursday, November 11, 2010

TN: Quinta do Vallado 2007 Douro

The Quinta do Vallado 2007 Douro was one of those Costco finds where the thinking goes, "this is $15, looks interesting, let's give it a try." Usually these sorts of buys work out pretty well since Costco doesn't typically sell plonk, and even the less standard choices are fairly reliable as a result. Plus, Jeff gave it a good write-up on Viva la Wino.

This is a blend of the port varieties Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and Sousao. I'm not a big port drinker at all, though a recent encounter with varietal Touriga Nacional has me intrigued by the floral, spicy character of the grape. After tasting this, I can definitely recommend it for its Touriga character. It's also in the plushly textured, delicious, easy drinking mode. The only drawback was a pesky reductive, rubbery aroma that hid some of the wine's character. While I don't think this is an ager, it's definitely worth the price. The only concern here is the variation evident in the notes in CellarTracker. Were there multiple lots blended? Is the wine not stable? Did some get treated badly in the distribution process? Given the bottle variation, best to try a bottle from your local source before buying multiples.
  • 2007 Quinta do Vallado Douro - Portugal, Douro

    Rubber tire reduction at first. But cinnamon and musky floral aromas (Touriga at work here!) are there as well. Blackberry and herbs also. Seems structured for near term. Fruit forward with good savory depth. Silky tannin. Nice freshness. Crowd pleasing, easy drinking, and delicious! Little heat, would be a notch better without the rubber tire funk.


Jeff said...

I've had three or four bottles of this at this point and have one more left sitting around. None of them were reductive, and I bought them in two different places...always interesting to see something like that. Maybe there were two lots?

Cabfrancophile said...

Maybe I was just sensitive to sulfides that day? I thought the rubber was odd, too, especially since no notes in CellarTracker pick up anything like it. But there does seem to be bottle variation. Not just scoring or difference in preference, but notes that describe seemingly different wines.

Cabfrancophile said...

Actually, glancing at CT again, there are a few toast and burnt coffee descriptors. These can be from some sulfide-related chemicals. Reduction probably isn't the best description since sulfides can arrive from other sources, I suppose.