The 2017 Tinto (Quinta Vale D. Maria) is a field blend from old vines aged for 21 months in 65% new French barriques. It comes in at 15.5% alcohol. Despite that and the substantial time in wood, this seems better balanced (at least in terms of oak) than the Francisca this year. That said, this, too, shows too much new wood, even if it is not quite as overwhelming. Then, the power comes out. There is considerable grip on the finish, and this becomes especially intense. As it sits in the glass, it shows off its ripe fruit. The mid-palate has at least some finesse. Right at the moment, it needs some five years more of cellaring just to calm down. Then, we'll see where it is going over the long haul. It is fair to say it is not showing quite as well as it did in Porto (see the accompanying producer note), but it has an excellent chance of recovering. Most of these Van Zeller 2017 reds now seem to be in a somewhat disjointed phase. There were 16,233 bottles produced, plus some large-format bottles. Drink date: 2023-2042. Score - 94. (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2020)
Quinta Vale D. Maria 2017
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