1969 Quinta Vale D. Maria Very Old Tawny Colheita Porto

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Wine Critic Reviews for 1969 Quinta Vale D. Maria Very Old Tawny Colheita Porto

This limited production wine from one cask of aged tawny is amazingly concentrated. The spice, the wood flavors and the acidity have all come together to a point of supreme maturity. This is a fine wine, ready to drink and very memorable.

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Wine Details on 1969 Quinta Vale D. Maria Very Old Tawny Colheita Porto

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Producer Quinta Vale D. Maria
Region Douro: This beautifully varied region follows the river Douro across the entire land until it reaches the ocean. Alongside its rocky valleys, in steep, mountainous terrain, vineyards are positioned throughout the region. Highly varied in terroir, it's not uncommon that neighboring vineyards in Douro produce entirely different wines. Even on the same vineyards, those parts nearest to the river ripen more quickly, resulting in multiple harvests during the same season.

Douro is known mainly for its two specialties. The central subregion of Cima Corgo is home to the most luxurious vintage Port bottles. Fortified wines have been this region's most famous offering for the longest time. However, in recent years, Douro has emerged as a notable producer of some high-quality table reds as well. These wines are made from indigenous varieties, most famously Touriga Nacional, but also Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz (or Tempranillo) and Tinta Cao. If you come across a label mentioning Touriga Nacional, you should expect a savory, highly aromatic dry wine with an earthy, leather personality and some floral notes in the palate. This red is one of the most treasured gems of Portugal, held in high esteem around the globe, and should be savored as such.
Country Portugal: In many ways, Portuguese wine is the result of various cultural incursions and different traditions being brought to the region. It's a melting pot of ideas and styles, and this is perfectly reflected in the wines themselves. Portugal is home to an incredible number of unique varietals, which makes each wine that much more exciting and irreplicable. Visiting Portugal is one of the most enlightening parts of an individual's life-long wine journey, and some would say the region is still underappreciated. Open your mind to Portugal's wines and expand your horizons. Make sure to save a bottle or two for your friends!
Type of Wine Port: Port wines have always been different than other European wines due to their history with brandy, and today they're highly appreciated by wine enthusiasts on all the continents. Red Port wines are typically made of Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, and Touriga Nacional grape varietals. As for whites, most of them are based on Gouveio, Moscatel Galego, and Malvasia Fina varieties.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: Proprietary Blend is a general term used to indicate that a wine is comprised of multiple grape varietals which are either “proprietary” to the winery or is blended and does not meet the required maximum or minimum percentage of a particular varietal. This also is the case for the grape’s place of origin, especially for region, appellation or vineyard designated wines. There are endless examples of blended wines which are labeled as “Proprietary Blend” and in conjunction with each region’s stipulated wine laws and regulations makes for a vast blanket for wines to fall into. Perhaps the simplest example is California; if a wine is to be labeled as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is required to have at least 75% of the varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 85% of the fruit must be cultivated from the Napa Valley wine district. If the wine does not meet the requirements, it is then labeled as Proprietary Blend.

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