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.
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Great value, easy drinking red. Very impressed with what's coming out of Portugal.
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!!!
About the Producer
Van Zellers & Co
Porto, Porto, Portugal