Even if my wine passion doesn’t function in terms of QPR, Quality Price Ratio, it is sometimes impossible to overlook as in the case of the 2007 Vallado from Quinta do Vallado in the Douro Valley.
Yes, it is a great vintage in the Douro and yes, EUR 6,50 is the retailing price on Madeira. But still, I wouldn’t have reacted if the price was closer to EUR 10 since the wine is really outperforming! Now Quinta do Vallado is a top notch estate so maybe that explains but still – Mouton-Rotschild is world class but buying a Mouton Cadet at EUR 8-9 is just a big disappointment.
Grapes? The classic ones; Tinta Barocca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Sousao.
Lovely perfume with floral notes, dark cherries, some currant notes, wet rocks and a fine spiciness. Simply an elegant nose. Fine mature tannins, savoury fruit, elegant note of fudge and dark cherries, summer garden and licorice. Fine length and excellent drinking over two days – maybe even more evolved actually the second day. Although not a keeper it will most likely benefit from short term cellaring, say 1-2 years.
Checking the prices and availability in Europe it retails around EUR 8-9 in Germany. A price I gladly pay for this uncomplicated yet most rich bouquet and taste!
(2007 Vallado, Quinta do Vallado, Douro, 88 points)
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