Single Quinta Vintage Ports are made in exactly the same way as the iconic Taylor’s ‘declared’ Vintage Ports. In certain years when a Taylor’s Vintage is not declared, Single Quinta Vintage Ports may be made from the individual produce of the firm’s estates, Quinta de Vargellas and Quinta de Terra Feita. Only very small quantities are made and only in very good years. Many experts believe Taylor’s Single Quinta Vintage Ports to be better than other companies’ declared years. The name of Taylor’s is more of an assurance than the year. Single Quinta Vintage Ports are generally earlier maturing than the Classic Taylor’s Vintage Ports and are ready to drink from ten years, but will go on developing for another twenty years or so.
Powerful, pungent, aromatic nose with ripe, rich, juicy, berry fruit aromas; overlaid with wonderful characteristic floral notes. This wine has a bouquet with great depth and layers of intense fresh fruit. On the palate, the freshness of berry fruit continues, combining with rich chocolate and liquorice flavours of equal intensity. The tannins are firm but well integrated, resulting in a beautifully structured and balanced wine. Texturally the wine is smooth and silky, leaving one with the sensation of a well crafted, stylish, extremely elegant wine.
Store and Serve Advices:
Should be opened two hours before serving and decanted. Serve between 17º and 18º C. Store the bottle on its side, in a cool, dry and dark place.
Vintage Ports are after meal drinks. Take them with cheese like Stilton or Gorgonzola. But you can also incorporate them into a meal, combining for instance a Steak au Poivre with a young Vintage.
Reviews and Awards:
. 94 points in Wine & Spirits Magazine;
. 93 points in Robert Parker;
. 91 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine.