I Know Who I Want to Take me Home: Vintage Port

Ah, Port. As warming as a cashmere sweater. The perfect way to end a dinner, filled with age-old traditions that make sipping Port so majestic.

Vintage Port is the most expensive and prestigious member of the Port family. Though accounting for just a fraction of total Port production, Vintage Port is the Douro’s flagship style, produced only from a single vineyard in an exceptional year.

 

Truly, the vintage HAS to make the cut in order to be bottled. A Vintage is “declared” only when both the quality and quantity of the available fruit align. Samples are submitted to the Institute of Douro and Porto Wine in January, two years after harvest. After tested and tasted for quality assessment, vintage declarations are made by the end of June.

 

After maturing for only two to three years, it is bottled, unfiltered, when it is still very dense and full of sediment. This is why Vintage Port’s minimum bottle-aging period is considered to be 15 years, and it is often said that no other wine requires as much time in bottle to balance itself. The finest examples are capable of vitality well after
50 years.

 

This lot of Vintage Port (with a bottle of Taylor Fladgate 40-year Tawny thrown in for good measure) is sure to fill your cellar with the warmth and sweetness that Port exudes.

 

As the band, Semisonic, so eloquently said, “I know who I want to take me home.” And for us tonight, that’s this lot of vintage Port. The perfect dessert course for tonight’s festivities. Paddles up and pass the Port!

 

This wine lot includes:

  • Dow’s Vintage Port 1985
  • Dow’s Vintage Port 1994
  • Dow’s Vintage Port 1997 (2 bottles)
  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1970
  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1994
  • Graham Porto Vintage 1970
  • Graham Porto Vintage 1985 (1.5L)
  • Sandeman Porto Vintage 1963
  • Taylor Fladgate 40 Year Old Tawny Port NV
  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1963 (2 bottles)
  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1992
  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1997 (1.5L)
  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1997 (2 bottles)

 

Donated by Bruce Carlock, Kendra Correia, Noelle Daugherty & Jay Erter, Amy & Frank Garrison, Sue & Douglas Joyce, Rosann Nunnelly