Nice crushed dark fruits on the nose including black berries and raspberry, and a mixture of herb de Provence. Very lively acidity, with the raspberry and Provence hanging on the 30 second finish. A subtle minerality that is very elegant for the price point. Very solid QPR.
The nose has subtle mushroom and green pepper notes along with a bit of briar that hangs on the garnet color. The wine is light and fresh with a crisp acidity that opens the palate. The flavors in the mouth are very light, and somewhat masked by the acidity. There is a subtle raspberry and cranberry that briefly holds on the rather short mineral aftertaste finish.
Portuguese Reds (Sydney): Colour: Deep Ruby Nose: Medium intensity, clean and developing wine with aromas of leather, meat, farmyard, herbs and red cherry Mouth: Medium plus acid and tannin, leather, cherry, chewy, big!
One of the best QPR reds you will find. It's not just good for the price like a $16 Cotes du Rhone, but a generously expressive fine wine with terroir that continues to evolve with air. It's voluptuous and concentrated with a specifically exotic bouquet and tons of mineral that only a dry Douro can express. The 14.5% alcohol is in the range of many Spanish reds at the same price and it's an apt comparison. But unlike the typical Spanish counterparts, the Vallado does not come across as either "modern" (oaky and hot) or "rustic" (dirty) which the Spanish ones tend to fall on one side of the fence or the other. The mouthfeel of the Vallado more than carries the alcohol and keeps it in an Old World style, and that's the rarest quality of all. That isn't something I think you're going to find very often in Spain, France, or Italy.
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