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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 (
WS) from www.winespectator.com
Year
Price per
Bottle
including
VAT
Tasting
Score/Notes
Best Drinking
           
    VINTAGE PORT      
    COCKBURN'S    
 
3
75cl
Cockburn's Vintage Port

JamesSuckling.com
- This shows fantastic graphite and dark-berry character with black-stone undertones and hints of dried roses. Full-bodied and very tight and precise. Good kick in the end. Love the polished tannins, which are totally folded into the wine. Reminds me of the 1947 Cockburn.
2016 44.00 JS99
2023-50

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    DOW    
 
34
75cl
Dow Vintage Port

Vinous.com/Neal Martin -
The 2017 Dow’s Vintage Port showed a slight reduction and required more time to really open in the glass. Typical of Dow’s it has a more backward and introspective bouquet compared to its peers, scents of blackberry, clove, wild mint, cassis and vanilla, gradually gaining more intensity with aeration. The palate is simply glorious. It is built around a compelling tannic frame that seems finer than any Dow’s I have encountered apart from the ethereal 2011. There is so much energy coiled up in this Port, a sense of symmetry that is enthralling and yet you just know that it needs to be cellared for 15-20 years for it to reveal its full potential. For serious Port-lovers. One of the vintages most cerebral offerings.
2017 71.00 NM98
2035-88

 

9
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 68.00 NM98
2030-86

 

68
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 85.00 RP94
2020-50
11
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
2008-30
           
    FONSECA    
 
43
75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port

RP/Mark Squires -
The 2017 Vintage Port, not quite bottled when seen but the final blend, is a field blend (with typical grapes like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinto Co, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca) aged for approximately 20 months in used French oak. It comes in with 98 grams of residual sugar, a little drier on paper than its Taylor sibling this year. Sappy and sensational in flavour and fruit, this seemingly has moderate tannins around the edges on first taste, velvety texture and a long finish. Despite the first impression of moderation, there is plenty of power here. As it got some aeration, it showed nothing but power and closed down fairly hard. The combination of great fruit and fine structure makes this a potentially great Fonseca, but right now it is obviously immature and not showing everything it has. I'd recommend some patience here.
2017 62.00 RP/MS98
2030-75
24
75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port

RP/Mark Squires -
This Fonseca is still remarkably expressive, lifted and gloriously fresh, even with that slight closing. It has reasonable mid-palate concentration but even better intensity of flavour. Despite that intensity of flavour, it is not quite as sexy as it is in some years, at least not yet, as the tannins are firmly in charge. That isn't changing anytime soon. This rather stern Fonseca simply revels in its brilliant structure. This is a Port that demands cellaring if you want it to be all it can be. You and it will profit from at least 10 more years of cellaring. Doubling that will help a lot more.
2016 65.00 RP/MS98
2030-75
24
37.5cl
Fonseca Vintage Port

As above but
HALF-BOTTLES -
a great way to try a top wine, without having to pay the full price for standard bottle.
 
2016 32.00
RP/MS98
2030-75

 

8
75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port

RP - One of the most spectacular 1994s, this opaque purple-coloured wine is an exotic, flamboyant, ostentatious port. Extremely fragrant and pungent, with a flashy display of jammy cassis, pepper, licorice, and truffles, this port is an attention-grabber. Awesomely rich, and full-bodied, with superb length, richness, and overall balance, it possesses a huge mid-palate, layers of flavour, an unctuous texture, and a blockbuster finish. Everything is in place, with the brandy and tannin well-integrated, even concealed by the masses of fruit and glycerine. This wine will drink fabulously well at age ten, but keep for up to thirty years.
1994 108.00 RP97
2002-35

Top Vintage!

10
75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port

RP - The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of dried fig and dates beginning to emerge and add to the complexity. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced on the supple, rounded entry. It is not quite as complex as the aromatics, with dates and dried fig, the finish mellow and refined. It is very elegant for a Fonseca, weighty but supremely well focused. This is a fabulous Fonseca that is ready to drink now, but will age for another 30 or 40 years.
1985 64.00 RP93
2013-30
           
    W. & J. GRAHAM'S    
 
58
75cl
Graham's
Vintage Port

RP/Neal Martin
- The 2016 Graham’s Vintage Port is inky black in colour. The bouquet is voluminous and intense, the aromas almost shrouding your head! Blackberry, black olive, clove and a touch of smoke, just a hint of pencil box in the background. The palate is brilliant, quite brilliant. Supple tannin, a satin-like texture, perfect balance and unerring purity, this is a fabulous Graham’s that effortlessly fans out and caresses the senses on the finish. This Graham’s has huge potential and is going to give a lot of pleasure for many years. Drink 2026 - 2080
2016 64.00 RP/NM96
2026-80
24
37.5cl
Graham's
Vintage Port

As above but
HALF-BOTTLES -
a great way to try a top wine, without having to pay the full price for standard bottle.
 
2016 31.00
RP/NM96
2026-80

 

27
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 64.00 RP97
2025-60

 

20
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 60.00 RP97
2010-50

 

           
    QUINTA DO NOVAL    
 
9
75cl
Quinta do Noval
Vintage Port

RP/Mark Squires -
The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Co and Souso, aged for 18 months in old wood. It comes in with 82 grams of residual sugar. This was in bottle for only about seven weeks when seen, but I made sure at least some of it had a lot of air. It looks super, with plenty of room to grow in the cellar. Christian Seely likes to say that this regular Noval and the Nacional are not better than one another, just different. In fact, I usually prefer Nacional, but in this vintage I make a case for equality and endorse that view.
2016 52.00 RP/MS97
2026-75

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    QUINTA DO NOVAL SILVAL    
 
8
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 28.00 WS93
2015-30

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    TAYLOR FLADGATE      
55
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP/Mark Squires
 - The 2017 Vintage Port is a  step up (or two) on the 2016, this shows fine depth, more focus, vivid fruit and serious power. It's not particularly thick, austere or astringent, but this is built for the long haul. It is potentially a great Taylor's, effortlessly combining brilliant fruit and structure. It tastes great now (today, it is far more vivid than its Vinha Velha sibling), but the power makes this hard to drink today. So, have some patience. It will need some time, probably a lot more than indicated, and will likely last longer than indicated as well.
2017 65.00 RP/MS100
2030-77

 

6
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha
Vintage Port

RP/Mark Squires
 - The 2017 Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port is a field blend of typical grapes (like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca) aged for 20 months in French wood. It comes in with 105 grams of residual sugar. The "old vines" here reference centenarian vines on average. This was not quite bottled when seen, but it was the final blend. Not better qualitatively than the regular Taylor's this year, this is stylistically different—more precise, more elegant, less lush and with less vivid fruit for the moment. The drier (so it seems in perception) and sterner presentation makes this one need a lot of time. This babbling infant has just begun to tell its stories—and the beginning date for drinking that I have listed is merely a starting point, not when it will clearly be truly attractive.
2017 145.00  

RP/MS99
2035-80

 

7
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
/Neal Martin - 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 68.00  

RP/NM98
2025-55

BIN END Price
 

 

10
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP/Neal Martin -
The Taylor’s 2007 is in a rather odd phase at the moment (2013), its sweet, marzipan-tinged bouquet tending to dominate the ripe black fruit. The palate is much more controlled, with very fine tannins, supremely well-judged acidity and a very elegant, composed finish that has more purity and poise than the Fonseca. I would give bottles another decade to allow the aromatics to calm down. Tasted May 2013.
2007 59.00 NM95
2023-50
22
75cl
Taylor Fladgate
Vintage Port

RP
/Neal Martin - The 2003 Taylor’s has a lovely ripe, primal bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, vanilla and marmalade that shows slightly better delineation than the Fonseca. The palate is medium-bodied with very composed, refined tannins that belie the heat of that summer. There is wonderful focus here and fine tension, the finish offering precise notes of black cherries, mulberry, cloves and white pepper. This is one of the finest Ports of a precocious vintage. Tasted May 2013.
2003 64.00 NM95
2025-60
           


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