Quinta do Vale Meão Douro 2007

Quinta do Vale Meão Douro 2007
$88.95

SKU 2183

750ml

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The water reserves in the soil were replenished by a rainy 2006 autumn, followed by a dry winter. Rain came back in mid-spring and on the 27th may our meteorological station at Vale Meão registered a record rainfall of 50 mm. Even in June we had some unseasonable wet days, forcing us to frequent anti-mildew treatments. But these rather worrisome conditions were counter-balanced by a dry and rather mild summer, with maximum temperatures never going above 37º C. As a consequence the maturation of the grapes was perfect. We started picking Tinta Barroca and Tinta Amarela on the 6th September, followed by Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Sousão and Tinto Cão. Weather conditions remained dry up to the end of the vintage, enabling us to produce remarkably flowery wines with firm but ripe tannin structure.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region Portugal, Douro
Brand Quinta do Vale Meão
  • ws95

Wine SpectatorThis powerful red delivers concentrated flavors of dark plum, Asian spice, roasted meats and dark chocolate that are backed up by fine acidity. Medium-grained tannins are silky, and the finish is rich, with concentrated notes of dark chocolate, mocha and cream. Best from 2012 through 2018. 200 cases imported.

Kim Marcus, December 15, 2009
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateThe 2007 TINTO, the winery's flagship wine, simply made me smile. Bright, elegant and well structured, this has fine balance, but more than anything else-delicious fruit. Sweet and sexy, this still has a firm backbone and it shows better the next day. It leans a little more to Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz this year, the typical Touriga Nacional percentage (50-60%) having declined to less than 40%, according to winemaker Francisco Olazabal. Comparing this to the 2005, Olazabal called the tannins more mature, and the fruit fresher. I agree especially with the first point. This is remarkably graceful and Burgundian in style, more harmonious than the 2005, but not perhaps quite as ageworthy. My one concern is that the wine is a bit too oaky at the moment (it did get 100% new oak), more so than usual at this stage, it seems to me. It certainly needs a couple of years to settle down. Assuming the oak integrates as well as I think it will, this is a big winner and may even deserve an uptick in score. It should age beautifully and make a lot of friends for the Douro. There are a lot of pricey trophies in the Douro these days whose prices are hard to justify in this economy and in this vintage, where a lot of the lesser wines perform particularly well. But for an upper level wine that almost always delivers (the off vintage 2006 being a notable recent exception), this is an excellent value point, relatively speaking. It has maintained a very reasonable price point, cheaper than wines like Pintas, and around half the price of wines like Batuta and Vinha da Ponte. Drink 2011-2024.

Mark Squires, December 21, 2009