Single Quinta Vintage port from Taylor’s, “the Latour of the Douro” (Robert Parker). 2013 was not declared as a vintage but a small amount of Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas, picked at the peak of ripeness, has been made into this magnificent release.
Taylor’s produce arguably the finest and most ageworthy vintage ports. They own three estates, including Quinta de Vargellas, and after every harvest each property’s finest wines are kept aside to age. After two years, a tasting panel judges whether the wines are worthy of being declared ‘vintage’. 2013 had a difficult harvest and was not generally declared. Quinta de Vargellas, however, was one of Taylor's first estates to start picking and brought in enough grapes before the rains to make a gloriously rich, ageworthy, single-quinta port. Grapes are pressed the traditional way, trodden by foot in granite lagares, then cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. This vintage port is young and, although delicious now, will improve with age.
"Typical Vargellas with flowers such as roses and poppies that turn to dark fruits and spices"
James Suckling On the 2012 vintage
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