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Quinta Vale D. Maria

Quinta Vale D. Maria - Lemos & van Zeller

Founded 1868
Owner Lemos & van Zeller

When the van Zeller family sold Quinta do Noval in 1993, Cristiano van Zeller took over Quinta Vale Dona Maria in 1996, which has belonged to the family of his wife Joana, the Lemos family. The first written information of this quinta is from 1868 when José António Teixeira de Carvalho Vaz e Sousa, great-great grandfather of Joana van Zeller, presented papers in the land register, proving ownership of this property. The Quinta has supplied wine to the blends of port wine companies such as Feuerheerd and Graham's but the first Single Quinta Vintage Port declared was 1997 (bottled by Niepoort). From 1999 Quinta Vale D. Maria has produced its own Vintage Port.

Quinta Vale D. Maria Vintages:1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuinta Vale D. MariaVintage1999
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry and black berry in the nose.Score range15.75 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mulberry and dried fruit in flavour. Rather mature but still some soft tannin. Dry. Easy to drink and a nice finish.Average score
Last tasted3rd May 2011Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Vale D. MariaVintage2001
ColourStill almost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetMulberry, black cherry and black currant in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Loaded with fruit but modern port with no tannin left. Sweet. Very tasty with black cherry in flavour. Elegant and very easy to drink and enjoy with a nice finish.Average score
Last tasted22nd December 2014Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Vale D. MariaVintage2002
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetVery fruity and juicy in the nose.Score range14.90 - 14.90
TasteMedium body. Immature and full of tannins. A light port with fruity flavour. Nice finish.Average score14.90
Last tasted3rd November 2008Point this date14.90
CommentAt the Port Wine festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Vale D. MariaVintage2003
ColourBlue almost still black in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetDark berry, black cherry and mulberry in the nose.Score range14.90 - 14.90
TasteMedium body. Immature and still tannic. Black cherry and mulberry in flavour Balanced with attractive and quite nice finish..Average score14.90
Last tasted3rd November 2014Point this date14.90
CommentAt the Port Wine festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Vale D. MariaVintage2005
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMuch pepper in the nose. Quite exciting.
TasteMedium body. Immature and full of tannins. Very fruity flavour and long finish.
Last tasted11th November 2007Rating this dateVery good
CommentAt the Port Wine festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Vale D. MariaVintage2007
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetJuicy and dark berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and lots of tannin. Quite good to swallow and very fruity flavour. Nice finish.
Last tasted1st November 2010Rating this dateVery good
CommentAt the Port Wine festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Vale D. MariaVintage2009
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetBlack cherry, mulberry and fruity almost juicy in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Immature and with soft tannins but easy to drink. Black cherry in flavour. Balanced and quite elegant. Attractive finish.Average score15.50
Last tasted3rd November 2014Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Vale D. MariaVintage2011
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetFruit and dark berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and tannins but easy to drink. Dark berry and black cherry in flavour. Nice finish but a modern port with an attractive finish.
Last tasted3rd November 2014Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Vale D. Maria
Touriga Franca
Vintage2013
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBlack cherry and fruit in the nose but still juicy.
TasteMedium body. Soft and integrated tannin. Sweet. Easy to drink already even if tannic. Black cherry In flavour. Nice finish.
Last tasted3rd November 2014Rating this dateGood
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta Vale Dona MariaVintage2014
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLots of fruit, fresh and juicy and black berries in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Soft and integrated tannin. Sweet. Easy to drink already.
Last tasted22nd April 2016Rating this dateVery Good
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersJB

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