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Quinta Do Vesuvio Port Blend Porto Vintage 1994
Quinta do Vesuvio is the most spectacular Quinta in the Douro valley. Located in the wild and serenely beautiful eastern reaches of the Upper Douro valley, 120 kilometres east of Oporto and 45 kilometres from the Spanish border, Quinta do Vesuvio stands alone both in terms of remoteness and sheer grandeur.
Vintage Port at this age rarely excites me more than this. But 1994 is THE Vesuvio that won me over upon release and ever since. Although I had bought a six pack pre-release, after trying it for the first time in 1997, I ran out and grabbed 12 more bottles and have reloaded since. This is one of the '94s that you can never own too much of. Brash and juicy with ripe black fruit flavors, the best descriptor for this brawny baby is "opulent." On the finish, it almost delivers perfection. You can drink it at any point in your lifetime but don't be afraid to enjoy a couple now, with lots of decanting time.
What this Vesuvio will guarantee your date to turn into at the end of the night: -Pure and impressively built -Brash and juicy -moderate sweetness -Full-bodied and lightly sweet -The best descriptor for this brawny baby is "opulent." On the finish, it almost delivers perfection. My. Fave. PORT!
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Terrific aromas of berries and violets with a hint if mint. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with silky fine tannins that build on the palate. Outstanding concentration and harmony. Greatest Vesuvio this century. Try after 2010.
Terrific aromas of berries and violets, with a hint of mint. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with fine, silky tannins that build on the palate and caress the tongue. Outstanding concentration and harmony. Greatest Vesúvio this century. Best after 2010... Wine Spectator. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 1994 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port 750ml
Luxurious Drinks offers you: Port - red - 1994 - Quinta do Vesuvio - Portugal - Region: Douro - Apellation: Douro - Touriga nacional - 750 ml.
A ripe and rich '95 boasting a remarkable essence of crushed berries, this is classic Port. It's full-bodied and quite sweet, with the velvetiest of tannins and a long, long, ripe fruit finish. At its best after 2008.
When the Symington family purchased this classic 19th century quinta in the Douro Superior in the 1980s, they made the decision to bottle wines from its steep slopes in the single quinta or chateau mode. Other Symington brands use their single qunita bottling in lesser vintages; Vesuvio is only ever Vesuvio. The quinta has produced some pretty wines, but '94 has been the first widely declared vintage to put it to the test; could one Symington estate perform at the level of the family's great branded vineyard blends? For Vesuvio in '94, the answer is resoundingly positive. Its deep color, backward aroma and impacted fruit show this to be a massive wine. Its black fruit shimmers with quality, tightly bound by tannin, yet still retains the softness that distinguishes Vesuvio from many other wines of the arid Douro Superior.
While many houses either declined to declare the vintage or made single-quinta Ports in 1995, Vesuvio crafted this classic. It's even slightly better than Vesuvio's 1992 vintage Port, which checked in at No. 35 on the Wine Spectator's 1995 Top 100.
A delicious, forward, dark saturated ruby/purple-colored port, this 1997 reveals copious quantities of jammy, grapy, black fruit flavors intermixed with earth and spice, full body, and silky tannin. It should drink well soon, but last for two decades.
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Tasting Notes :This impressive wine, with an opaque ruby/purple color, reveals excellent richness, layers of flavor, well-integrated alcohol and tannin, moderate sweetness, and a long, heady finish. Pure and impressively built, it should drink well in 5-7 years.
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