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|Grapes||Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional|
Quinta Vale D. Maria is an ancient estate in the heart of the Douro Valley, producing both Port and Douro wines. Cristiano Van Zeller recovered the estate that, for two and a half centuries, had belonged to his wife’s family, but fell victim to neglect. His first harvest in 1996 was met with resounding success, and his upward trajectory has only continued since then. ‘Rufo’ means ‘red’ in Latin and ‘drum’ in Portuguese, and this wine was inspired by a dinner conversation about how to increase the population of red-legged partridges through adopting more sustainable viticultural practices. This rustic blend of 60% touriga franca and 40% touriga nacional offers up sumptuous layers of black cherry, blackberry, and black currant, accompanied by a dusting of dark cocoa powder and dash of baking spice. An earthy finish makes this a versatile companion at the dinner table.