1994 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port
@ 02 May 2017
Vintage port is only produced in years declared by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto. This happens three times each decade on average. Made from a single harvest of the year’s best grapes, a vintage port spends between two and three years in large vats before bottling. The wine continues to age for many years in the bottle. Unlike colheitas, vintage ports are protected from the influence of the environment, creating a dark red (rather than brown/gold), fruit-driven wine. Indeed, this 1994 Quinta do Vesuvio is big on ripe berries with a bit of bitter chocolate on the nose. While colheitas can be poured straight from the bottle and can be stored after opening, vintage ports benefit from decanting and should be enjoyed within the day.