RED WINE - QUINTA VALE Dª MARIA - VINHA DA FRANCISCA
An elegant and fresh red of great depth and incredibly deep color, shades of intense violet. Concentrated smell, full of aromas of ripe red fruits, with high complexity and elegance. Aromas of raspberries, plums, black cherries, combined with fresh notes of esteva.
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Quinta do Vale Dona Maria is a property situated near the mouth of the Torto River. Its history dates back to 1868 and has been associated with names such as the Symingtons, who used their grapes to integrate into the vintage Smith Woodhouse. When the Van Zeller family picked it up on this farm, it found it almost in absolute abandonment, with about 10ha of old vines. The recovery work would be arduous, but nothing to keep Cristiano van Zeller away from this arduous task, or he did not come from a superb "school" such as Quinta do Noval, of which he was president. Work was being started on the recovery of the vineyard and houses that were almost reduced to dust. But what commanded Cristiano was realizing day after day that he had a pearl there that he had so much to give. They were also acquiring plots adjacent to the Quinta, until it reached 28ha of vineyard. The inaugural harvest was in 1996 and no longer stopped producing great wines. In recent times, the wines of this farm, CV, Vale Dona Maria, and the recent Vinha do Rio and Vinha Francisca have been among the best wines in Portugal for Wine Advocate, the most important and prestigious wine publication in the world. In the Quinta do vale Dona Maria are also produced the wines of the Van Zellers range, wines that come from grapes bought outside the Farm, but that for their quality, deserve to bear the family name. In these, the professional treatment and rigor is exactly the same as that which is deposited in the wines that come from the farm, there are no facilitaisms.