Port vintages — classic vintages like and now — declared by the classic houses and yes, the word "classic" does tend to crop up a lot when talking about Port, but more of that later used to be Events with a capital E. They happened three or four times in a decade, and Port-lovers watched their evolution over the ensuing 20 years or so until they became tractable enough to drink. That was then.
The defining feature of in the Douro was dry heat, resulting in a very early harvest that started on 23 August for the Symington group. Yields were certainly lower than usual, but quality is high for those who were able to reject the most-shrivelled fruit. The resulting wines are concentrated and deeply coloured.
Here is a list of generally declared Vintage Ports since Note how since the s the tradition of only 3 declarations per decade has been cast aside. Last updated 30th November
Fonseca has belonged to the first rank of Vintage Port producers since the mid-nineteenth century. Fonseca Vintage Ports are noted for their luscious fruitiness which develops great opulence and complexity with age. Wines born of inspired winemaking and a thorough understanding of viticulture and terroir, they appeal, perhaps more than any other house's Vintage Ports, to the enthusiast and connoisseur.
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Port is produced from grapes grown and processed in the demarcated Douro region. The fortification spirit is sometimes referred to as brandy but it bears little resemblance to commercial brandies. The wine is then stored and agedoften in barrels stored in a Lodge meaning "cellar" as is the case in Vila Nova de Gaiabefore being bottled.
This is not a common occurrence. On average, only three Port vintages are declared per decade, and it has been five years since a vintage was widely declared among houses. The majority of Port is bottled and released as a non-vintage wine, a blend of multiple vintages that typically showcases a standard house style. Other styles, such as Late Bottled Vintage, Single Quinta Vintage, and Colheita, do include a vintage indication on the label, but only Vintage Port is thought to reach the pinnacle of Port wine potential.
Vintage Port accounts for only a fraction of the total Port production — which includes Tawny, Ruby, Late-Bottled Vintage and Single Quinta Vintage styles, among others — but is the finest, longest-lived and most expensive style around; the best are as good as any wine in existence. Made from a blend of wines from a producer's finest plots, it is aged for around 18 months in wooden casks, followed by at least 15 years ageing in bottle. Learn more about Vintage Port.
Return to All Regions. Vintage ratings:classic;outstanding;very good;good;mediocre;not recommended. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.