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 purple black centre with a narrow violet rim. From the first moment the nose is drawn into a complex and powerful vortex of dense creamy blackberry, raspberry and cassis aromas fused with subtle notes of gumcistus and mint. This is classic Vintage Port with its extraordinary quality of fruit, combining power with refinement and complexity. The thickly textured tannins provide body and structure and the palate is brimming with fine concentrated black fruit flavour which flows over into the long finish.
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:
. 96 points in Jamie Goode;
. 18 points in Revista de Vinhos;
. 17 points in Jancis Robinson.