Quinta Do Vale Meao Meandro Do Vale Meao Douro 2013 750ml
SKU 779016
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Quinta Do Vale Meao Meandro Do Vale Meao Douro Red Blend 2013

Douro - Portugal

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Rated 92 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Meandro do Vale Meão is a blend of 38% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz and 12% miscellaneous grapes aged for 12 months in second and third use Allier barriques. After finishing the first round of tasting, I poured out the glass and took a new one just to make sure I wasn't mixing this up with the Estate Tinto. This Meandro did eventually become a bit less exuberant with air, but it seems full in the mouth on first taste, certainly relative to this level, and bursting with flavor as it airs out and opens up. All the while, it is very elegant. Everything this winery makes is just that, of course. There's a bit of a backbone, too. This is a good bargain in most years, but this year perhaps more than most because while the quality may be up, the price is also coming down--a nice twist to the typical story. While the pricing for the Estate wine and the Port has increased, Meandro is now officially one of the better $20 wines ('Suggested Retail Price') around.

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Winery Quinta Do Vale Meao

Region: Douro

The vineyards situated around the Douro river in Portugal are amongst the oldest in Europe, and the area has been used for cultivating grapevines for at least two thousand years. As such, this is a region where tradition is strong, and authenticity is key, leading to characterful wines of real quality and uniquely Portuguese flavors. Although the region is most commonly known for its delicious and aromatic fortified wines, wineries and vintners of the Douro also make still red and white wines of great quality, using the many grape varietals which flourish there. Several red and white wine grape varietals grow extremely well in the region, thanks to the long hot summers and mild autumns the Douro enjoys, and each is used to its full potential by vintners with generations of experience and expertise.

Country: Portugal

Most of us are quick to associate Portugal primarily with the excellent fortified wines which come out of the Porto area, but there is much more to Portuguese viticulture than just this. Perhaps the most popular still wines the country produces are the varieties from the Vinho Verde region, which uses grapes that do not achieve high doses of sugar, meaning the wines are at their best when young and full of natural, springy fruit flavors The wines of the Douro region have undergone many transformations in their flavor and character over the centuries; once regarded as a bitter wine, the exporters experimented with fortifying the wine with brandy. After several centuries, vintners found a balance in the modern age which is at once reminiscent of Port wine, yet with the structure and character closer to other fine Portuguese wines. Thanks to the appellation system of Portugal and the strict laws governing wine production, Portuguese wines continue to maintain their reputation for quality and the distinctive characteristics they carry.