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Quinta Vale D. Maria 2011 Rufo

Rufo was born during an after-dinner talk with some friends, while elaborating about how to better our agricultural practices to improve the environment and increase the Alectoris rufa’s population in Vale D. Maria (Alectoris rufa being the scientific name for the red-legged partridge). We agreed that the word Rufo, meaning red in Latin, would be a good name for a Douro red wine. But Rufo in Portuguese also means the sound of a drum, so when designing the new label, the drum quickly became the choice for the symbol of the new Rufo do Vale D. Maria, our entry level wine, and the one that announces and sets the beginning, the rhythm for our range of Vale D. Maria wines. With a medium concentration of sugars and good acidity levels, Rufo do Vale D. Maria 2011 is an elegant and very fresh wine, with strong aromatic and fruity flavours and a very good freshness in its finish. Great balance and acidity, intense and velvety, with finesse and elegance.

 Producer Van Zellers & Co
 Region Douro
 Country Portugal
 Varietals Touriga FrancaTouriga Nacional
 Alcohol 14.14% alc/vol
 Vintage 2011

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Community Reviews

4 out of 5 starsReviewed on July 11, 2016

Great value, easy drinking red. Very impressed with what's coming out of Portugal.

3 out of 5 starsReviewed on June 09, 2016
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4 out of 5 starsReviewed on April 21, 2016

I am loving how far Portugese Still Wines have come in such a short period of time!!! This is a fantastic example of the typical Douro wine that over-delivers for the price! Ripe, red fruit at the front, a light smoky, mineral finish on the back, full, round and delicious, with soft, round tannins and approachable acidity.  Beautifully balanced and meant to be drunk right now! Having this wine with home made grilled burgers and it is a fantastic pairing!! Find a bottle...find a few! You can't lose for the money!!!

5 out of 5 starsReviewed on March 28, 2016
We loved this wine! It was everything a red wine should be: initial fruity flavour, then a hint of smokiness with a medium tannin to cause a pucker. We had this wine with dinner and afterwards and it was awesome!!!
4 out of 5 starsReviewed on October 16, 2015
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About the Producer

Van Zellers & Co
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Van Zellers & Co

Porto, Porto, Portugal Porto, Porto, Portugal

Van Zellers & Co. was officially established as a Port Wine shipper in 1780, by the first generation of Portuguese van Zellers. One of the earliest larger shippers, it was sold to other wine merchants in the middle of the 19th century. It was reacquired by the van Zeller family in the 1930s, when...

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