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.
Inky black colour with a narrow purple rim. The nose is built on a sturdy foundation of rich and potent blackcurrant, cherry and blackberry aromas interlaced with notes of apricot and plum. Hints of cedar wood, gumcistus and violet provide the exotic scented dimension which is the hallmark of Vargellas followed Vintage Ports. On the palate the first impression is supple and restrained but the finish reveals a tightly knit fabric of sinewy tannin and unleashes a powerful surge of rich black fruit flavour.
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 Huon Hooke;
. 93 points in Jamie Goode;
. 92 points in Robert Parker;
. 92 points in Wine & Spirits Magazine;
. 91 points in CellarTracker;
. 90 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine;
. 17,5 points in Revista de Vinhos;
. 17 points in Vinho Grandes Escolhas.