Monday, July 6, 2009

Top 10 2007 Vintage Port Barrels

10) Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port A Capela -- Balanced and refined, with violet, raspberry, and pepper. -- scored 93-96

9) Quinta do Vale Meao Vintage Port -- Structure with harmony. Long and medium sweet, with creme de cassis and wet earth. -- scored 93-96

8) Sandeman Vintage Port -- Blackberry and mineral lead to chocolate and fresh dark fruits. Long and pretty. -- scored 93-96

7) Niepoort Vintage Port -- Long and layered, evoking violet, blackberry, and citrus. -- scored 93-96

6) Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port -- A classic nose of blackberry, currant, and green lemon leaf. Ripe and medium sweet. -- scored 94-97

5) Quinta do Noval Vintage Port -- Sweet and deep. Blackberry, mineral, and dried flowers. -- scored 94-97

4) Dow Vintage Port -- Intense, with blackberry, wet earth, and a full finish. -- scored 94-97

3) Warre Vintage Port -- Medium sweet, with blackberry, licorice, and dark chocolate. -- scored 95-98

2) Graham Vintage Port -- Intense and sweet, with blackberry, currant, and grape skin. -- scored 96-99


1) Taylor Fadgate Vintage Port Quinta de Vergellas Vinha Velha -- Racy and perfumed, with cassis, mineral, and wet earth -- scored 97-100

This list compiled from the list in James Suckling's article 2007 Vintage Port in the July 2009 issue of Wine Spectator. Nana introduced me to Port many years ago. I love Port. I wish I had the opportunity to enjoy it more often. Port is one of those wines that truly gets better with time. In Mr. Suckling's article, he notes that most wine lovers enjoy drinking Port with only 8 to 15 years age in the bottle. However, a great Vintage Port can improve with age for more than a century! The score range in the list indicates preliminary analysis of the unfinished wines -- pricing is not yet available. I think I know what I plan to watch for...yum.

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