Vintage Port is only produced when growing conditions have been excellent and allow for the production of the finest wines from a single year (as opposed to a blend of different years). In these cases, a vintage is declared. Vintage Ports are bottled young after fortification and take a long time to mature. Usually they throw a heavy “crust” or sediment as they mature and must be decanted before being served. Considered the “king” of all Port wines and regarded as a key collectible like fine Bordeaux, Vintage Port is one of the world’s great wines. Great Vintage Ports are served by themselves or accompanied by walnuts, Stilton Cheese or fine cigars.
Old vineyards from the Cima Corgo sub-region of the Douro region. The backbone of our Churchill’s Vintage blend comes from the old vines at Quinta da Gricha.
A field blend from old vineyards (average age over 50 years) including many grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão.
2016 is a fresh and elegant Vintage of very fine quality. It has a rich and solid purple color; on the nose, a combination of wild lavender and concentrated blackberries, broad shouldered and complex on the palate with a meaty structure and lingering tannin; a classic Vintage Port to put away in the cellar for many years.
Score: 92 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
Score: 96 PointsWine Spectator Insider Author: James Suckling
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