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Royal Oporto Vintage 1997

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Think of this wine as a mini Chateauneuf du Pape. It's a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that is incredibly complex and rich, with a wonderful earthiness - ideal with lamb.

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Royal Oporto:
Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grounds, grape seeds and even carbonised vine-shoots have been found. With the Roman occupation, grape-growing underwent a large scale expansion-excavations carried out on the left bank of the River Tua cleary confirm the development and prosperity that the vine brought to the Douro Region. The first kn... Read more
Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grounds, grape seeds and even carbonised vine-shoots have been found. With the Roman occupation, grape-growing underwent a large scale expansion-excavations carried out on the left bank of the River Tua cleary confirm the development and prosperity that the vine brought to the Douro Region. The first known written reference to the name "Port Wine" applied to the Douro wine exported from the Oporto customs house dates from the end of 1678. Between 1680 and 1715, the expansion and growth of exports was remarkable, having increased from 800 to 8.000 barrels and reaching the expressive figure of 19.000 barrels in 1749. A great contribution to this increase was made by the mercantile spirit revealed by English merchants of the period settled in the city of Oporto. Read less

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11/16/2009

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External Reviews for Royal Oporto Vintage

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Vintage port packed with mulled fruit, sweet plum flavors, intense currant nose and a long raisiny finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Once a byword for indifferent Ports, Royal Oporto has totally revamped its winemaking, and this 2003 vintage is the result. It is dark and dry, with layers of firm fruit. Flavors of black figs give a lift to the Port.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A beautiful young Port, with raspberry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, yet reserved and refined. Superfine tannins. Very long. Best young Vintage Port from Royal Oporto. Best after 2015.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

An earthy and rich wine, with berry, cherry and a touch of volatile acidity. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Not as good as when tasted from barrel. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Best after 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Well balanced with good body, opens up deep chocolate anise flavors leaving cherry and vanilla on the finish. Perfect for a late night by the fire with a good book and a Macanudo Maduro.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Good dark color, with intense blackberry, light raisin and cherry aromas. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with very good grip. Long, long finish. Best Royal Oporto in years. Best after 2004.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Deep ruby with ripe fruit aromas, this vintage Port if full-bodied, with raspberry flavors, balanced tannins and a long finish. From the incredible 1994 vintage, this represents an awesome value as well as an inspired drinking experience.


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Think of this wine as a mini Chateauneuf du Pape. It's a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that is incredibly complex and rich, with a wonderful earthiness - ideal with lamb.

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