Single Evening Tasting, London: 2016 & 2011 Vintage Port
18th March 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm
TWO ‘GREAT’ VINTAGE PORT YEARS?
2016 Quinta de Roriz
2016 Smith Woodhouse
2016 & 2011 Quinta do Vesuvio
2016 Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio
2016 & 2011 Quinta do Noval
2016 & 2011 Warre’s
2016 & 2011 Dow’s
2016 & 2011 Graham’s
2016 Graham’s The Stone Terraces
2016 & 2011 Fonseca’s
2016 & 2011 Taylor’s
20 Wines, and plenty of cheese ………… £120.00 (10 places only)
This tasting will be seated, with the ‘half-bottle’ wines ready poured and identified in front of you, and the remainder available to pour yourselves, into additional glasses, so that you can taste and compare at your own pace.
I am able to put this number (and range) of wines on at this price because I received the 2016’s as samples (but properly bottled) earlier this year, and it seemed a waste not to be able to share them. It also seemed too good an opportunity to miss, not to compare the best with their respective, and equally fine, 2011’s. Many of the 2016’s however are only, understandably, in half bottles, so the tasting will be limited to 10 people. First come first served!
It is a rare opportunity to compare the top wines from two first rate Port vintages, as well as an unusual chance to taste the very limited production of Vesuvio’s Capela (only 250 cases) and Graham’s The Stone Terraces. The 2011 wines vary in retail price from £75 to close to £200 a bottle. The latter price, unheard of for such a young vintage Port, for 2011 Dow, is courtesy of a 100pt score from The Wine Advocate!
My initial tasting of the 2011 ports was very impressive, and first reports of the 2016’s are similarly exciting. Climatic conditions apart, recent vintage Port declarations have been significantly improved by the much finer quality of the fortifying spirit, as well as by a greater awareness of the varietal mix in the vineyards, from which to assemble the blend. This is now producing vintage Ports with a noticeably greater refinement, a likely earlier accessibility, but without any impairment of their long term ageing potential. It should be a revealingly satisfying occasion!