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Quinta do Vale Meão Meandro Douro White 2017
Grape Variety: 50% Arinto & 50% Rabigato
Aging Potential: Drink now till 2025.
Serving Temperature: 8 – 10 °C
Alcohol Level: 12.5%
The Meandro White is an interesting blend in equal proportions of the native varieties Arinto and Rabigato, with a complement of freshness and notes of ripe fruits. Vinified in a traditional vertical press, and matrured for seven months on the lees, the wine results in with a powerful body, full of personality and showing a smooth, rather concentrated feel. The Rabigato gives the body, while the Arinto gives a clean crisp edge, cutting through the initial impression of dense fruit. A beautifully constructed wine that is well balance, and built for longevity.
Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera Del Duero 2017
Region: Ribera del Duero
Grape Variety: 100% Tinto Fino
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2022
Serving Temperature: 16 – 18 °C
Alcohol Level: 14%
The Emilio Moro of an intense cherry-like tone stands out, once more, for its aromatic expression. In this 2015 vintage, you’ll find a seamless fusion of freshness and liveliness with elegance and complexity, resulting in one of the finest representatives of the last years of the Moro. This time, the aromas granted by the barrel are in perfect harmony and integration with the primary grape. On the palate, it continues to be a wine of great weight and structure, with a great balance.
In 1877, Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, queen of the 19th century Douro Valley and owner of the largest winemaking estate in the Douro, purchased 300 hectares of virgin land at auction from the Vila Nova de Foz Côa municipality. Her dream was to create a model vineyard from nothing, using for this the vast experience she had acquired throughout a lifetime as a Douro landowner. This ambitious project took eight years to complete, from 1887 to 1895. Sadly, this grand lady’s pleasure in her last and most significant enterprise was of short duration as she died in 1896.
Since then, the estate always remained in the hands of her descendants. In the 1970s, her great-great-great-grandson, Francisco Javier de Olazabal became responsible for its management and he began the long and laborious process of acquiring the shares that belonged to his kin and to other co-owners of the property. In 1994, he and his children became the sole owners of the Quinta. Until then, the grapes from the estate were sold to A.A. Ferreira S.A., the company established by Dona Antónia’s descendants, where they formed the basis of some its finest wines. This connection continued until 1998 when Francisco Javier de Olazabal resigned as Managing Director of A.A. Ferreira S.A. to dedicate himself, together with his oenologist son Francisco de Olazabal y Nicolau de Almeida, to producing, ageing and marketing the wines from the Quinta through a new company, F. Olazabal & Filhos Lda.
Since that day Quinta do Vale Meao has continued to build an impressive reputation and set high standards of excellence through out the Douro. Currently the estate is under 62 hectares of vines with plantings of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Amarela, and Tinta Barro dominating. Soil make-up varies through the vineyard but for the most part are made up of slate, granite and alluvial gravel.
- Xito Olazabal, winemaker at Quinta Do Vale Meao -
Like many great winemakers, Xito is totally consumed by his passion for perfection and continually strives to do better. His hard work has paid substantial dividends, evidenced by Vale Meao's great popularity with critics and consumers alike. He endorses his father's policy of two principal wines: the grand vin, Quinta do Vale Meão and a second wine, Meandro. The Olazabals share a view that all good grapes should contribute to their star wines, shunning the notion of a more diverse multi-marque approach - fearing possible dilution of quality. However, this clear focus on Vale Meao's two wines does not preclude experimentation elsewhere, Xito's latest white wine is made from grapes grown at altitude on his cousin Luis Bernardo Ferreira's property at Porrais, near Murca north-west of Vale Meão.
"Wine is an art. If you know how to listen it, speaks to you, telling when it needs racking and when it needs to rest. It is like a living being that you have to understand, look after and care for." - Don Emilio Moro
The history of Bodegas Emilio Moro goes back three generations. Grandfather was born in 1891 and Emilio Moro in 1932, both were born into the viticulture environment surrounded by vineyards, and grew up treading grapes and racking wine in their native village of Pesquera de Duero, in the province of Valladolid.
To have a good wine it is necessary to maintain a good balance between alcohol, acidity and structure. In the same way, to have a great winery they believe it is necessary to establish a balanced triangle formed on three fundamental pillars: Tradition, Innovation & Social Responsibility.
The most important asset of their winery is their vineyards, grafted with the purest clone of Tempranillo, also called Tinto Fino. This variety produce small grapes and loose bunches necessary to produce robust wines.
|Producer||Quinta do Vale Meao|
|Serving Temperature||8 - 10 °C|
|Grape Variety||50% Arinto & 50% Rabigato|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Cellaring||Ready to Drink/Keep|
|Robert Parker||91 Points|