The Port Wine is a unique wine that generates lovers around the world, a showcase of Portuguese talent, a sample of an election terroir. An exceptional wine and unique in nature that portrays especially faithfully the monumentality of the Douro.
We can say that Madeira wine, and Port are the only Portuguese wines truly universal.
But the Port wine only a few enjoy the coveted privilege of fame and recognition. And even among the many categories that divides the Port the truth is that only the family of the Vintage has just certified by these premises of universal fame.
In Port, the years are not “declared Vintage.” Nor is there “generalized statements.”
What happens to the Vintage Port Wine is: a producer chooses a lot considering its exceptional wines. About a year and a half after the harvest submit it to the Institute of Douro and Port Wines. The lot is appreciated and where the wine has “organoleptic characteristics of exceptional quality [is] from a single harvest, red and full-bodied, … [and have], very fine aroma and taste” (I quote Regulation 242/2010 ), the wine is approved as Vintage. It is the glory!
In short, only a wine is that it can be “Vintage”, a year not yet called “Vintage Year” or “Year Classic” when the main houses declare their major brands. Today, with modern viticulture and enology, one can make a Port with quality enough to be vintage every year. Thus, when the amount is less than or when the commercial interests recommend it, the houses declare the “single quintas”, wines of a fifth one.
Another concept that appears with some frequency is the “split declaration” when important houses differ on which of years deserves to be “classic”. It happened in 1991 and 1992, a situation that in some ways was repeated in 2009.
The Vintage Ports are from one year and have exceptional characteristics, with retinta color, a solid structure and aromas and intensely fruity flavors. Are bottled somewhere between the second and third year after harvest and in most cases mature many years in the bottle. This shape of aging removes them to the influence of the air, resulting in a loss of much slower color and the ability to retain their typical fruity aromas.
The Late Bottled Vintages (LBV) are also wines of a single year. The level of quality is high, with good color and structure, aroma and delicate flavor, but unlike Vintages mature in the cask from four to six years and are then bottled. The Late Bottled Vintages are accessible Port wines with good fruit and that can be taken at the end of the meal with cheese, fruit and chocolate desserts, preferably.
On the next page get to know suggestions of great wines of Porto.
As this QUINTA NOVA LBV Port 2009 is presented in the nose with intense aromas of black fruit (blackberries and blueberries) and floral notes (rose petals). In the mouth it shows full, structured and soft, balanced between sweetness, acidity and alcohol, with aromas of wild berries complexed with balsamic notes. Very concentrated, silky texture; end of soft mouth, very persistent, with intense fruit notes.
Quinta New Port
This wine is a remarkable example of the Noval style! The NOVAL QUINTA Port LBV Unfiltered 2008 has a treatment equal to Vintage Port: comes only noble varieties of Thursday, grapes trodden by foot in traditional stone mills and is not filtered. It is a distinct LBV, with well structured tannins, great freshness and fruit purity. It’s delicious to drink now, but will age beautifully in the bottle.
Quinta do Noval Port
Then we come to the top of this category with the two “Vintage” we suggest. DOW’S Quinta Lady Ribeira Vintage 2012 is exceptionally aromatic, with aromas of violets, which is quite typical of wines from Vintage Port Dow’s. There nose blackberry tones, black currant and plum. They are still present notes of rock rose. It has something of spices, which are balanced by fresh acidity and the minerality present. In the mouth, the style is shown through the long end and ripe tannins but firm.
In the recent election of the hundred best wines of 2014 by Wine Spectator, the Vintage 2011 this house was named wine of the year, 1st place! This harvest, 2012, opted for a “fifth single” but the quality is there, for sure!
To talk about the KROHN Vintage Port 1963 will have to talk a little history. The Wiese & Krohn was founded in 1865 by two young Norwegians, Theodor Wiese and Dankert Krohn. At first it was a small company, based on the export of Port Wine for the Scandinavian markets and Germany. Later, in 1933, it became a Wine House fully owned Portuguese port which continues its activity under the name of its two Norwegian founders.
The wine is complex, rich in dry fruit flavors, tobacco, chocolate and spices. A wealth matchless. In the mouth, taste balance proved to be perfect the first sip, a vibrant acidity and a creamy sensation that dominated the palate. mouth end? What end? The wine gives that rare feeling that will never end. A Vintage simply unforgettable!
Drinking a Vintage Port is always an experience worthy of being preserved in the memory of any oenophile, after all, since the year 1900, only 43 harvests were declared Vintage (already including the recently declared harvest 2011). What then the opportunity to enjoy one of the five best vintages of the twentieth century?