2015 Curriculum Vitae Red
Quinta Vale D. Maria
80 year old field blends of over 40 different indigenous grape varieties.
Grapes are destalked, and foot trodden in lagares for 2 days, at a temperature between 16–18°C before fermentation starts, and then fermented in the same lagares (50% of total) and in stainless steel vats (50% of total) with a capacity of 5,000Kgs, for about 8 days, at temperatures kept between 20–26°C. The grapes used for CV—Curriculum Vitae come from plots in our vineyards in the river Torto which have been chosen after many years of experiencing their incredible high quality results. Predominantly north facing, these very old vineyards, with more than 80 years, produce grapes with great freshness and concentration, normally averaging 14.5° Baumé.
New (75%) and one-year-old (25%) French oak casks, for about 21 months.
Incredibly deep violet, dark red and purple colors, with a very high concentration of mature dark red fruit aromas, black cherries and plums. The aging in new oak casks concentrates the mature tannins and helps smooth the wine’s power, resulting in a very elegant wine with great balance and finesse and a long, fruity finish.
Wine Advocate: 95-97 Points
Wine Enthusiast: 94 Points (Cellar Selection)