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PORTUGUESE WINES and VINTAGE PORTS - Listed by DOMAINE/PORT HOUSE

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Where available, tasting scores and notes are by Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website www.erobertparker.com 
or Stephen Tanzer (
ST) from www.wineaccess.com, or
and Wine Spectator (
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Best Drinking
           
    MADEIRA      
    HENRIQUES & HENRIQUES
Henriques & Henriques was founded in 1850 by Joao Joachim Goncalves Henriques, and through a family member they owned some of the finest vineyards in Camara de Lobos where, allegedly, the island’s first vines were planted in 1425.
   
 
3
75cl
 

20 Year Old Malvasia (Sweet) Madeira
Henriques & Henriques

 

NV £32.00

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This Madeira has a has a toffee and clove-scented nose.
 The palate has a fine entry with spice and white pepper notes. There is a decent core of toffee-tinged fruit as well as a precise, elegant finish.
           
    VINTAGE PORT      
    CROFT    
 
10
75cl
Croft Vintage Port

RP - The 1994 Croft exhibits an impressive dark ruby/purple colour, and a developed, forward, more evolved style than expected. It is moderately sweet, full-bodied, expansive, pure, and rich, but made in an up-front, flattering style. Although outstanding, it is not one of the superstars of the vintage.
1994 £48.00 RP90
2000-20

Top Port Vintage!

           
    DOW    
 
6
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

Vinous.com/Neal Martin -
The 2016 Dow’s Vintage Port is based around the Vinha dos Ecos vineyard behind Bomfim, populated predominantly by mature Touriga Franca vines that were cropped at just 0.68kg per vine. It has a quite astonishing bouquet with layer upon layer of intense black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of clove, leather and a hint of over-ripe Satsuma. This is a mercurial bouquet that keeps changing in the glass, revealing smoky/burning ember scents with time. The palate is quite magnificent – perfectly balanced with a killer thread of acidity slicing through such pure intense black fruit that there is no heaviness at all. There is a sense of thrust on the finish as it fans out with almost careless abandon, a Vintage Port so self-assured that you can only sit back in amazement. Simply one of the best Dow’s ever made.
2016 £85.00 NM98
2030-86
18
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

RP - The 2007 Dow’s Vintage Port is one of the stars of the vintage. A glass-coating opaque purple colour, it offers up an already complex bouquet of mineral, pencil lead, liquorice, spice box, and assorted black fruits. On the palate it is quite massive, slightly dry in the house style, and packed with fruit. It has the structure to be one of the long distance runners of the vintage taking as much as 20 years to reach its peak and drinking well through 2050. As an aside, I was able to taste the individual components of this wine on the day prior to this tasting. The final blend is better than any of its parts.
2007 £105.00 RP94
2020-50
9
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

RP - An opaque blue/purple colour (typical of this vintage's top offerings) is followed by a strikingly provocative aromatic display (flowers, liquorice, blackberries, and cassis). This firmly-structured, classic, tightly-knit, restrained port exhibits brilliant purity as well as impressive intensity. While not the most dramatic or flamboyant, it is a beautiful, classically structured port that will age gracefully.
2000 £42.00 RP94
2010-35
9
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

RP - An evolved, less massive than normal port, the 1997 Dow's displays a dark ruby/purple colour, attractive liquorice, chocolate, and roasted coffee aromas, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a moderately tannic finish. This excellent vintage port should drink well between 2004-2025.
1997 £44.00 RP90
2004-25
6
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

RP - The 1994 Vintage Port has about 92 grams per litre of residual sugar. It's a beauty, with all that Dow power and structure that I've loved over the years--even after some hours of decanting. Intensely concentrated in flavour, without being jammy, this lingers on the gripping finish after starting with a touch of mint. Serious and brooding, it is not yet as complex and as developed as it could be--but this is Port and that will come in time. Be patient. In the meanwhile, if you must crack this now, give it a few hours in a decanter, to state the obvious. This is a terrific Dow's VP that is still growing and improving. It is still about its potential in some ways and it may well exceed expectations. It will certainly acquire even more complexity with more cellaring. Personally, I would try to give it at least another decade in the cellar.
1994 £59.00 RP96
2020-60
           
    FONSECA    
 
36
75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port

RP - A limpid purple garnet core. The nose is quintessential Fonseca, like a riotous party reaching its crescendo in the glass. Macerated black cherries, eau-de-vie, damson, fig and a touch of Seville orange. Then what is fascinating is that the uproar dies down with aeration, becomes more focused...as if the host has asked everyone to quieten down. The palate is powerful and spicy on the entry, sweet ripe black berried fruits, a touch of spice, fig and apricot, lovely cohesion and weight building towards a deeply joyous finish that lacquers the mouth in port-like reverie. Perhaps more approachable than the 2000 or the 2003 at this stage, this is a marvellous Fonseca.
2007 £55.00 RP96
2015-45
6
75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port

RP - Somewhat of a lightweight for Fonseca, but undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-coloured wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal of weight or massiveness. Heady alcohol, sweet tannin, and a velvety texture make for a gorgeous finish. While I would have preferred to have seen more weight, structure, and intensity, this is an outstanding, albeit lighter than normal Fonseca.
1997 £40.00 RP93
2005-20

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    W. & J. GRAHAM'S    
 
18
75cl
Graham's
Vintage Port

RP/Neal Martin
- The 2011 Graham’s comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos, Tua, Vila Velha, das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1,454 and is a blend of 40% Touriga Nacional, 31% Touriga Franca, 6% Sousao and 23% mixture of very old vines. It has a more “serious” bouquet compared to the Dow, with beguiling scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow, tobacco and cloves. Straight-laced, very well-defined and compelling, the palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and supremely well-judged acidity. It is utterly harmonious, with a pure core of ripe black cherries, damson, marmalade, clove and spices, and the finish lingers long in the mouth. The separation of “The Stone Terraces” vines certainly does not appear to have detracted from a great Graham’s. 5,000 cases declared.
2011 £75.00 RP97
2025-60
18
75cl
Graham's
Vintage Port

RP
- A candidate for wine of the vintage, the 2007 Graham’s Vintage Port is complete in every way. Opaque purple-coloured, it offers up an ethereal perfume of smoke, mineral, Asian spices, incense, an amalgam of ripe black fruits, and a hint of chocolate in the background. This leads to a dense, super-rich, plush, opulent wine that hides its structure under all the fruit. Vibrant, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally lengthy, it will easily age for another 25-30 years in the cellar and drink well through 2050, probably longer. It is a tour de force.
2007 £62.00 RP97
2010-50
7
75cl
Graham's
 Vintages Port

RP
- Violets, roses, spices, and candied dark fruits emanate from the glass of the murky black/purple coloured 2003 Graham Vintage Port. After four days of air, this wine’s aromatics sweetened further, displaying jammy blackberry and blueberry scents. Bold, full-bodied, and expansive, the Graham benefited the most from extensive contact with air of all the 2003s tasted for this report. This opulently jammy wine assaults the palate with powerful yet soft layers of oily, candied red fruits as well as notes of tar and hints of mocha.
A highly concentrated effort, it is creamy textured, suave, and reveals an admirably long finish filled with additional layers of dark fruits intermingled with spices.
2003 £45.00 RP95
2015-55
11
75cl
Graham's
Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Plum and blackberry on the nose, with hints of dried violets. Wet earth. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, very chewy and rich. Long and caressing. Still very tight. Give it time. Very layered and structured. Much better than I remember. Impressive.
1997 £43.00 WS95
2010-40
11
75cl
Graham's
 Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Lovely plum and coffee aromas open to a full-bodied palate, with sweet, decadent fruit. Velvety, with a long finish. Lots going on.
1991 £49.00 WS93
2009-30
           
    QUINTA DO NOVAL SILVAL    
 
116
75cl
Quinta do Noval Silval
Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Violet and crushed berries on the nose, with currant. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with a solid core of ripe fruit and chewy tannins that are polished and refined.
2007 £32.00 WS93
2015-30
           
    QUINTA DO VESUVIO    
 
53
75cl
Quinta do Vesuvio
Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Fascinating aromas of citrus fruits, blueberry and dried flowers, with tar notes as well, lead to a full-bodied, medium-sweet palate, with a black pepper and spice undertone to the rich, ripe berry fruit. Turns chewy and tannic on the finish. So much to come with age in the bottle. Very typical for Vesuvio.
2007 £52.00 WS94
2017-42
5
75cl
Quinta do Vesuvio
Vintage Port

RP
- Quinta do Vesuvio's saturated blue/purple colour is more dense than many of its peers. Impressive in the mouth, with full body, sweet crème de cassis and blackberry liqueur intermixed with smoke, earth, and spice, this sensual effort possesses elegance allied to power and authority. Complex, fat, rich, and intense, it is exceptionally stylish.
2000 £42.00 RP91
2006-20+

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    NIEPOORT      
49
75cl
Niepoort Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Dark colour. Intense aromas of blackberries, liquorice and iodine. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with wonderfully integrated tannins. Long and caressing, yet wonderfully structured. Sexy
2003 £41.00 WS95
2015-40
45
75cl
Niepoort Vintage Port

Wine Spectator
- Thick and jammy, with loads of blackberry and plum character. Full, very sweet and round. Caresses your palate. Very fruit-driven, but lots of tannin structure as well. Sneaks up on you with the power. Was a bodybuilder, but now a long distance runner. Love it.
1997 £44.00 WS96
2012-35
           
    TAYLOR FLADGATE      
16
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
- The 2011 Taylor’s Vintage 2011 has a multifaceted, Pandora’s Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside, followed by wilted rose petals and Dorset plum. Returning after one 45 minutes that nose has shut up shop. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry, plush and opulent, with copious black cherries, boysenberry and cassis fruit, curiously more reminiscent of Fonseca! It just glides across the palate with a mouth-coating, glycerine-tinged finish that has a wonderful lightness of touch, demonstrating how Vintage Port is so much more accessible in its youth nowadays. But don’t let that fool you into dismissing the seriousness or magnitude of this outstanding Taylor’s.
2011 £64.00 RP98
2025-55
9
75cl
Taylor
Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha
Vintage Port

RP
- As a reminder, the Vinha Vehla is a selection of old vine fruit from the terraces of Polverinho and Renova do Armazem. Comparing it directly with the Taylor’s, there is even more complexity and volume on the nose, with black currant, dark plum and a more accentuated crushed stone aroma that lends it wonderful terroir expression. Like the Fonseca, it develops compelling marine scents after 30-40 minutes in the glass, like stepping over rock pools when you were a kid. The palate is medium-bodied with sumptuous, sensual ripe tannins that layer the mouth. There is a palpable sense of harmony and composure to this Vinha Velha and there is a lot of horsepower, more so than the Taylor’s, on the multi-dimensional finish. The intensity of fruit means that it does not quite have the same degree of tension as the Taylor’s, but the depth and breadth of this young Port suggests it will be a seriously long-term fortified wine.
2011 £242.00 RP98
2025-75
32
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
- Remarkably deep in colour, almost to the verge of being opaque. The nose is very well defined but much more introverted than Fonseca - aloof, stentorian, correct. The palate is full-bodied, beautifully defined, great weight that is channelled in one direction. Brilliant focus here, less extrovert than Fonseca of course but more refined and sophisticated. Certainly this is a Taylors for long-term ageing, one can feel it reserving its energy for 20-years down the line. Great backbone here. Very harmonious towards the finish that really caresses the palate, with a hint of white pepper lingering in the mouth.
Wonderful.
2007 £56.00 RP97
2015-45
37
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
- The 2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port improved each time I raised it to my nose or mouth. It displays a black colour and a salty, graphite-laced nose packed with sweet black fruits that is reminiscent of a stellar vintage of Chateau Latour. With air, notes of molasses, burnt sugar, spices, and jammy plums emanate from the glass. Full-bodied, hugely dense, immensely rich, as well as thick, this behemoth is also amazingly balanced and harmonious. Raisins, molasses, liquorice, black cherries, plums, and a distinctive note of violets are found in its complex, seamless character. Its interminable finish reveals additional notes of chocolate, kirsch, red as well as black currants, dark cherries, and rose blossoms. Armed with exceptional power, depth, and purity, this Taylor will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest ever crafted by the Fladgate Partnership.
2003 £71.00 RP99
2035-60
8
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
- Among the most saturated blue/purple/black-coloured examples of the vintage, Taylor's 2000 tastes like a young vintage of Chateau Latour on steroids. Aromas of graphite, blackberry liqueur, crème de cassis and smoke jump from the glass. Spectacularly concentrated and enormously endowed, with sweetness allied to ripe tannin, decent acidity, and layer upon layer of fruit and extract, this is the leading candidate for the port of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040. 
2000 £75.00 RP98
2010-40

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8
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Very Old Single Harvest Port
'Limited Edition'

RP/Mark Squires - The 1966 Single Harvest Tawny Port (i.e., a Colheita) is a traditional blend, aged in French and American oak. It comes in at 183 grams per litre of residual sugar. Surprisingly rich and fresh, this seems younger than its age. The complexity here is not quite as great as with some and the nuances of molasses and the like are controlled. On the other side of the coin, it has a rather sensual texture, finishing with a sugary burst. Underneath is the expected acidity and a bit of pop. Overall, it is rather seductive and quite delicious.

1966 £140.00 RP/MS94
2016-45

Every bottle is packed in an original Taylor's wooden presentation box.


Surely a ENGLAND 1966 Football World Cup anniversary celebration drink!

11
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Very Old Single Harvest Port
'Limited Edition'

RP/Neal Martin
- I allowed my glass of 1964 Taylor’s Very Old Single Harvest Port a couple of hours to open up in the glass, monitoring its evolution along the way. It is not a shy or retiring Port. Clear mahogany in colour with a slight green tinge on the rim, the nose races out of the blocks like a young terrier let free in the garden, with intense aromas of grilled walnut, smoke, brown sugar, hints of caramel and a fug of alcohol that ebbs with time.
The palate is smooth and honeyed on the entry, a very seductive Port wine, quite sumptuous in style, but with enough volatile lift to maintain fieriness toward the viscous finish.
1964 £205.00 RP/NM95
2014-38

Every bottle is packed in an original Taylor's wooden presentation box.

 

This a wonderful drink for that special occasion!

           


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