About The Producer
Quinta do Vale Meão was founded in 1877 by the legendary Dona Antònia Adelaide Ferreira and is owned today by her great-great-grandson Francisco “Xito” Olazabal. Vale Meão built its reputation supplying fruit to the famed 250-year-old Port house Ferreira. In 1952, its vineyards were chosen to create a revolutionary wine, which for decades would be the Douro’s only globally recognized table wine.
Vale Meão began a new life in 1998 when Xito realized his dream of making his own wine from his family’s estate. Success came quickly, and in 2011, Portugal’s leading wine publication Revista de Vinhos named Xito Winemaker of the Year. Today Xito is recognized as a leading figure in the Douro table wine revolution, which has captured the attention of the wine world.
45% Touriga Nacional, 33 % Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz, 5% Tinta Barroca, 2% Alicante Bouschet
Quinta do Vale Meao Douro Meandro is a lively color. Floral scents combined with red fruit aromas. Fills the mouth with intense fruit notes, showing a long, very fresh and complex after taste.
93 Points- Ian Blackburn
Quinta do Vale Meao Douro makes 100 point wines that sell for $100+. "Meandro" is made for value and features a fantastic blend of traditional Douro valley varieties. This movement towards "claret" style and away from fortified started 30 years ago. Today, these wines are stunning and represent the future of Douro and perhaps will influence the world. "Meandro" is lively - truly 3D: Deep, Dense, Dark...but 3S as well: Seamless, Sexy, Seductive...red fruits, red floral, great structure and balance...with unprecedented value for the buck!
The second wine of the great Vale Meão estate in the Douro Superior, this is impressive in itself. A lifted violet note permeates the rich berry fruit. It is a rich, concentrated wine that should age further.
Editor's Choice: 90 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Branco "Meandro" is a 60/40 blend of Rabigato and Arinto, unoaked and coming in at 13% alcohol. It was set for bottling about a week after this tasting. This has fine concentration for the level, but the acidity underneath—my second impression—cuts the richness (my first impression) beautifully. In this big 2017 vintage, somehow the winery still maintained a feeling of some freshness. This is nicely done and a bargain. It may well improve with a little age, and it should age well.
This wine shows good finesse and density to the boysenberry and ripe currant notes, detailed with savory spice, licorice and violet accents. Red plum and mocha hints chime in on the velvety finish. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Alicante Bouschet.
Product Size: 750ml