38% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz and 12% Other Varieties. 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.
The 2012 Meandro do Vale Meão is a blend of 38% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz and some dollops of others, sourced from vines averaging 30 years in age. It was aged in a mixture of second and third year French oak for 12 months. The 2012s as a group may be on the lighter side, but not everyone is the same. This seems like a fairly normal Meandro. It doesn't show a lot of depth, but it is rarely an extremely concentrated wine. On the other hand, it is built to age, with notable tannins to support the juicy and very tasty fruit. It is focused and tightly wound. It fleshes out a bit in the glass as it goes along. This actually needs a bit of time to calm down. When it does, it should be a graceful Meandro with just enough of everything. It lacks little and becomes increasingly impressive with air. Just don't dive in too soon.
This is, simply put, one of Douro's finest estates. They don't do much wrong. In good vintages, they make fine wine. In great vintages, they make great wine. Simply put. Score: 90 points -- Wine Advocate, Jan 2015
Fresh and-pure tasting, with good cut to the flavors of red plum, boysenberry and black olive, supported by firm tannins. Zesty acidity emerges on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 15,000 cases made. Score: 89 points -- Wine Spectator, Jun 2015