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Over the centuries Warre's has made memorable wines which have earned for it First Growth status alongside a very small group of other elite producers. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Warre’s produced some of the greatest Vintage Ports ever made such as the 1870, 1887, 1896, the great 1904, the legendary 1908 and several more, all of which played a very significant role in establishing Port as one of the world’s finest wines.More recently, Warre’s stature in this field was further consolidated with the superb 2000 and 2003 Vintage Ports which attracted worldwide acclaim.

 

Warre’s Vintage Ports are peerless in their expression of poise and elegance. Whereas some other Vintage Ports can be almost overwhelming in their richness, Warre’s Vintage wines combine elegance, length and balance whilst still retaining the underlying rich opulence of great Vintage Port.

This unsurpassed style is derived from the inherent characteristics of Warre’s two principal vineyards: Quinta da Cavadinha and Quinta do Retiro Antigo. They complement each other very well. Cavadinha’s location, aspect and altitude translate into a cooler ripening cycle providing the freshness, fine subtle floral aromas and ideal acidity, the latter contributing significantly to the wines’ longevity. Retiro Antigo’s location in the hotter Rio Torto Valley, combined with the fact that just over 70% of the vineyard is made up of old, mixed vines, results in wines that show great intensity, concentration and complexity. Their powerful structure also provides great staying power.

 

Over the next few years, fruit from Quinta da Telhada will gradually be added to offer an even wider dimension to what is already one of the Douro’s most accomplished Vintage Ports. With its high proportion of Touriga Nacional plantings at an ideal age, this vineyard is set to become an invaluable component of future Warre’s Vintages.

Food pairing suggestion: One of the best pairings with Vintage Port is cheese (cream cheese, blue cheese and cured cheese) but it can also be enjoyed alongside many desserts, or simply on its own.

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Decanted just before serving. Very brown but still a hint of red, a brown red bowl with a yellow rim. At first it was a little closed but it was bound to open up. Nuts on the nose. Indeed, it did open up and developed into glorious nose of old wood. Then after a couple of hours the nose developed a more sleepy subdued character. On the palate, very velvety and smooth with a very hot finish. Extraordinary after taste in back of throat. Still fairly sweet but a bit dry on the third palate and finish. Remarkably good condition. Nuts, very sweet. It was to me the star of the tasting until the Fonseca 1927 developed in the glass. The 1896 had huge length, richness and was not drying out at all. Very long. I would have guessed it to be a 1950! As it developed in the glass it became more silky and velvety and kept getting better for the duration of the evening. *****

 

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 Bartholomew Broadbent / Wine Writer, Wine Importer (United States)  tasted  Vintage Port 1896  ( Warre's )

Decanted just before serving. Very brown but still a hint of red, a brown red bowl with a yellow rim. At first it was a little closed but it was bound to open up. Nuts on the nose. Indeed, it did open up and developed into glorious nose of old wood. Then after a couple of hours the nose developed a more sleepy subdued character. On the palate, very velvety and smooth with a very hot finish. Extraordinary after taste in back of throat. Still fairly sweet but a bit dry on the third palate and finish. Remarkably good condition. Nuts, very sweet. It was to me the star of the tasting until the Fonseca 1927 developed in the glass. The 1896 had huge length, richness and was not drying out at all. Very long. I would have guessed it to be a 1950! As it developed in the glass it became more silky and velvety and kept getting better for the duration of the evening. *****

 

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