Quinta do Vesuvio 2007 Douro DOC

Tasting notes: This inaugural blend of traditional Douro grapes (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela) conjures a bosky bouquet of brambleberries, sweet smoke, and dried flowers and herbs. Black plum dominates the palate, which resolves in a prolonged vanilla-bean essence. Worth knowing: In many ways, Quinta do Vesuvio is the seat of fine winemaking in Portugal’s Douro Valley, the heart of one of the world’s oldest designated appellations, the Porto region, which was defined in 1756. Yet, despite its diverse soils and undulating hills with distinct microclimates, the property’s remote setting deterred prospective vintners until 1823, when António Bernardo Ferreira purchased Quinta das Figueiras, as the estate was then known. When Ferreira died in 1835, he left the quinta to his son, António Bernardo II. But it was the latter’s wife, Dona Antónia Adelaide, who made the property’s reputation.

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