This full-bodied red offers notes of balsamic, red fruit and violets. Supple and firm tannins are balanced and the finish is lifted by layers of acidity.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2010 TOURIGA NACIONAL, sourced from the winery’s 1994 plantings, was aged in French oak for 16 months, only 30% new, however. This has become one of Douro’s nicer monovarietal bottlings from year-to-year. In the occasionally difficult 2010 vintage, it shows surprisingly well, crisp, bright and mouthwatering on the finish, with solidity in the mid-palate and power on the end. It was a little disjointed in its youth and not quite as aromatic when I first retasted it in the USA compared to how it showed in Douro. Ninety minutes of aeration changed that, allowing it to express its Touriga Nacional character well. It does finish a bit tart, but I loved the mouthwatering finish. For best results, give this a year or two to settle down. It has room to improve. Drink 2014-2024. (Dec 2012)
This historic estate dates back to 1716 and was bought in 1818 by Dona Antonia Adelaide Ferreira. The current owners, Joao Ferreria Alvares Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira and Francisco Olazabal are the sixth generation to continue their family’s rich winemaking traditions. Of the 64 acres planted to vine, 40% are at least 80 years old and all wines in the Quinta do Vallado’s portfolio are made using estate fruit.