Vale Meão is one of the great Douro estates, responsible for some fantastic wines since their first vintage in 1999. This is the latest release: the 2008, which is a good vintage in the Douro. It’s following on from the fantastic 2007, and so most Port producers will not declare it. But the early signs are that it is almost as good, and some 2008s will be better than the same wines in 2007. For table wines, it might mean a bit less hype and better availability for the top wines.
Quinta do Vale Meão 2008 Douro, Portugal
14.5% alcohol. This is pretty serious. It’s ripe and rich, but also very fresh and balanced. Aromatic, intense nose of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with some violet notes, as well as woody spice and mineral notes. The palate has real concentration with ripe red and black fruits with taut, savoury mineral notes and hints of cedar and tar. Very fine with structure from the tannins and acidity providing a platform for future development. The ripeness makes it approachable now, but this will age beautifully, I reckon. 94/100
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