2011 Van Zellar Tinto Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro

$59.95 -- 2011 Van Zellar Tinto Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro

Purchase 2011 Van Zellar Tinto Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro

2011 Van Zellar Tinto Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro

2011 Van Zellar Tinto Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro

95pt (WS) An elegant, refined yet muscular red that features concentrated aromas and flavors of dark plum, cocoa powder, black olive and slate, supported by lively acidity. The dense, brooding finish features dark chocolate and spice notes that linger with firm, powerful tannins.  Wine Spectator

95pts(RP) - The next day it seemed far better controlled in tannins and drank far better, the oak still a bit too obvious, but nicely toned down. It also, happily, showed a certain steely nuance, providing some evidence that it might be something other than one-dimensional. This unevolved and rather disjointed Vale d. Maria needs some time to show its stuff, absorb the oak and come around in general. It won’t be the wine to buy if you lack a cellar. It is likely on the short list for top vintages from this bottling, though, and it is worth leaning up at the moment. It will probably be around peak in 2018-2020 or so, but it will certainly be approachable sooner. As time goes on, I suspect this won’t be the best of the van Zeller 2011s – but it is pretty close and well priced compared to some. There were just 21,400 bottles produced, plus some large format bottles. Drink 2016-2031.   Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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