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Quinta do Vesuvio, 2017 Red Wine

Douro DOC
***95 Points- Wine Advocate***

Bottle size: 75cl

ABV: 14%


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Quinta do Vesuvio is one of the greatest estates of the Douro. The magnificent house, chapel and winery were built in 1827. Vesuvio has been considered one of the most important properties of the Douro throughout its long history. The 137-hectare vineyard is predominantly north and west facing and rises from 110 meters at the river side to 450 meters. This estate makes exceptionally balanced wines, amongst the finest in the entire region. The soil is predominantly schistous with small granite outcrops.

Touriga Nacional is one of the two most important grape varieties for the Vesuvio red wine.
These vines are grown in the Quinta Nova vineyard located at 450 metres altitude, with
a fine westerly aspect. This area of the estate was acquired for Vesuvio by Dona Antonia
Ferreira in the mid-19th century. Little can she have imagined how valuable these high
vineyards would be for the estate’s red wines in the 21st century.

Exquisite aromatic freshness with wild berries and a clear floral aroma, showing some hints of thyme and pine needle. In the palate is both silky and large, with exceptionally polished tannins and a remarkable freshness that enhances the cherry and black plum flavours, as well as hints of fine clover. The presence of oak is perfectly integrated, giving a precise shape to the simultaneously assertive and charming structure of the wine.

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***95/100 Points- Mark Squires for the Wine Advocate, Dec 2019 ****
The 2017 Tinto (Quinta do Vesúvio), the Estate red, is a 56/41 blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional with a dollop of Tinta Amarela, all aged for 16 months in French oak (80% new). It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. A Big Boy this year, this shows off the typical fruit of this great estate. Sexier but less refined than the Chryseia (reviewed under Prats & Symington), it has fine concentration. Those are simply relative terms, though, as both do everything very well. Although relatively less elegant, this is by no means jammy or even close to clumsy. It is also beautifully constructed. In fact, I was impressed with its balance and refinement. It always retains finesse and focus. The next day, the fruit was more expressive. It still finished with firmness, but it was much more accessible. This is a beautiful Estate Tinto, maybe the best yet. It should age well. It should also steadily improve in the cellar, and it does require some cellaring, maybe more than indicated to actually show everything it has.

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