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  • Country ranking ?

    77
  • Producer ranking ?

    21
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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Vintage 2017

The 2017 vintage produced exceptional ports in the Douro. It was a dry year with compact bunches of excellent quality berries and extremely low yields. The advanced growing season resulted in our earliest ever recorded harvest start date. Nothing less than a spectacular year for Vintage Port!

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VINTAGE PORT VARGELLAS VINHAS VELHAS 2017 – The first VVV after 2011, hence the longest gap since 1995: Violet reflections in the pitch-dark colour. Reductive spicy fruit, the nose shows that there are lots of layers underneath. Tobacco, cherry, dark chocolate and redcurrant. Fantastic complexity on the palate with white pepper, tobacco, lots of red-berry fruit and cherry. Perfectly structured tannins and acidity. Long, multi-layered aftertaste. A little more than 5.000 bottles. 96

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The 2017 Taylor’s Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port represents only the eighth release. It comes from 80 to 120-year old vines located in five parcels (Polverinho, Renova do Depósito, Renova do Armazém, Gricha and Vinha Grande) that were picked from September 1. It has a ripe and sensual, playful bouquet with ripe fig and damson bursting from the glass. Fine definition here, real depth and complexity as it reveals subtle melted tar and bayleaf aromas with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins. This feels lush and rounded with black pepper, clove and tobacco notes infusing the black fruit, long and sensual towards the finish. Perhaps I have a slight preference for the regular Taylor’s, but this is going to be fascinating to monitor during its evolution in bottle. Total production is 5,600 bottles.

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Porto, Douro

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