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Fonseca

Guimaraens Vintage Porto Port Blend 1987

Fonseca Guimaraens 1987 Vintage Port (half)
Open 2 days and finally mellowed out, this was intense and quite sharp and in need of a chill and decant.
Nose and palate of ripe cherries, red licorice, milk chocolate, cinnamon sticks and caramel. A little heat, even with a chill, is still noticeable, but the rest of the wine has risen up to bring it back into more balance.
@ml_private_tours Port glass
@quesyrahsera you were saying 1987? I forgot I also opened this on Saturday. @fonsecaport
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— 2 years ago

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Quinta do Vale Meão

Meandro Douro Vinho Branco 2014

Finally I get to try this as it is nearly impossible to find with production limited to 500 cases. Latin for sure in its signature, but with a nod north to the great wines of the Anjou-Saumur of Loire. Chenin Blanc comes to mind with the lime and loads of minerality and a touch of wild reminding me of Savienniere. 100% stainless steel and no malolactic fermentation keeps the edgy and fresh acidity live and refreshing. The fruit is 50/50 Rabigato/Arinto and sourced from a single site, and quite a good one I would add.
Tasted at Quinta do Vale Meao 10/16/2015.
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— 3 years ago

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Quinta do Vale Meão

Tinto Douro Touriga Nacional Blend 2007

If you want to try a Meao that is starting to show what age in bottle will do this is the wine to try. 2005 and 2006 are drinking much younger, but 2007 is showing brick red tones at the edges, while the nose and palate have given way to time due talk the more difficult growing season. Aromas and flavors of forest floor, especially fall leaves, red savory fruits, roasted plum and subtle licorice spice and lavender. The structure is fine and silky as the tannin have mellowed, while the fruit has evolved completely into the tertiary phase. Drink now or hold for 2-3 years.
Tasted at Quinta do Vale Meao 10/16/2015, bottle open 24 hours.
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— 3 years ago

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Quinta Nova (Nossa Senhora do Carmo)

Pomares Douro Red Blend 2011

Excellent value here long this entry level #dourovalley blend. The #touriganacional really comes through with lovely red fruit purity and ripe tannin. #nova #douro — 3 years ago

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Quinta do Vale Meão

Meandro Do Vale Meão Douro Tinto Red Blend 2013

Not many better "regular" Douro Tinta wines, but then again this consistently performs at a level above its basic Douro designation. At around $18-23 USD this is a perennial over achiever and model of approachable young Douro that is expressive and a little finer in texture so it's ready to go but can be aged 5-8 years easy. Red to dark red fruits, spice and a stony schist component add complexity on the nose and palate with good acidity.
Tasted at Quinta do Vale Meao 10/16/2015, tasted at opening and 1.5 hours later.
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— 3 years ago

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Quinta do Vale Meão

Tinto Douro Touriga Nacional Blend 2013

Youthful, with power and concentration in the nose and palate. A very traditional styled Meao showing the typical style of this wine. The nose shows a mix of red and blue berry fruits, subtle spices, and barely a trace of oak. These wines are always masterfully aged in oak to impart just the right amount of oxygen and wood character. The palate is well balanced, youthful and medium+ in intensity and a fresh, persistent finish. This is just as good or better, depending on your tastes of course, of the recent string of many excellent Meao and reminded me of the 2009.
Tasted at Quinta do Vale Meao 10/16/2015, tasted at opening and 1.5 hours later.
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— 3 years ago

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Quinta do Crasto

Reserva Douro Red Blend

Knocked that bacon chop right on it's ass. #broadbentselections #dourovalley — 3 years ago

Quinta do Vale Meão

Quinta do Vale Meão Vintage Port 2000

A deep red and purple colored core, with a vibrant cherry red on the edges. The nose is intense, but more expressive like a wine showing the red and black fruits, with more elegant and tertiary character of spices like star anise, lavender, and other wild flowers. The length is superb, with a similar persistence to the Meao table red in that it shows strength without trying hard.
This further convinces me of the ability of the Quinta single vineyard Ports to excel above all of the regular big house Port wines. I consider these to be more wine like in their character, being less intensely fiery from the spirit when young and allowing for more compelxity and approchability earlier in life, but with the ability to still age very well and in excellent vintages much longer. Will a VP from a big house age longer, probably but it has less of the wine like character and the world can use more variation in great Port for sure.
Tasted at Quinta do Vale Meao 10/16/2015.
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— 3 years ago

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Quinta do Vale Meão

Monte Meão Touriga Nacional 2012

Extremely rare, not sold in the USA but available at the Quinta to taste and take with you. 100% Touriga Nacional from both schist and granite, the combination of both soil types adds power, structure, freshness and complexity from the schist, while the granite rounds out the wine with more body, deeper fruit and plush tannins. Well structured and balanced, this is an elegant version of TN that will please traditional Douro wine consumers, as well as those that appreciate precision and elegance matched with power and grace. We were able to taste the 2014 individual parcels that allowed us to see the components that each soil type bring to the wine. This should go 95+ as it ages, it sure has the potential to do so.
Tasted at Quinta do Vale Meao 10/16/2015, tasted at opening and 1.5 hours later.
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— 3 years ago

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