Christmas is fast approaching which means it’s a great time of year to treat yourself (or a loved one) to a fine bottle of port! We have some special 2007 vintages from Warre’s, Fonseca and Quinta do Vale Meão that would be ideal for enjoying as part of your festive celebrations. Alternatively, these fine bottles are perfect for giving as a Christmas gift to those with a discerning palette.
The 2007 Port vintage was the first widely declared vintage since 2003. The growing season was preceded by a wet winter, which put plenty of moisture back into the soil after a lengthy period of dry conditions. Summer temperatures were relatively mild, while September and October weather was close to ideal so that the grapes enjoyed a lengthy hang-time under excellent conditions with full ripening of Turiga Francesa and Turiga Nacional. There is little doubt that 2007 is a high-class vintage.
2007 was the first Warre Vintage Port to be made totally from their own vineyards. As such they were able to select only the very best of wines to make what must surely be one of the finest Warre Ports ever made. Warre’s 2007 vintage Port is fruit-led with bramble, anise and cacao on the nose. The palate features ripe tannin on a full body with a pronounced intensity that builds to a very satisfying finish. Powerful, precise and structured elegance.
Bright, elegant and well structured, Quinta do Vale Meão’s 2007 Vintage Port has fine balance with delicious fruit and chocolate aromas. It is an intensely fruity wine with a long finish and great storage potential.
“Soft and juicy, showing the ripe heat of the Upper Douro. Sweet chocolate and fresh fruits balance well, supported easily by light tannins. It’s easy, likely to develop relatively quickly.” – 89/100, Wine Enthusiast
Fonseca’s Vintage Port is made using grapes from Quinta do Panascal, and the investments made here are now apparent in the rich dense and powerfully fruity wines being produced. The winemakers tasting notes for this 2007 vintage read as follows: “Impenetrable, inky black colour with purple highlights. As would be expected from Fonseca, the nose is dominated by a massively potent and concentrated fruitiness, packed with dense blackcurrant and blackberry aromas along with coffee, exotic woods and hints of wild herbs and mint. The palate is rich and luscious, with thick velvety and wonderfully well integrated tannins enveloped in succulent jammy fruits and rich dark chocolate flavours.”