2015 FTLOP Havest Tour

Portugal

Tasted September 26, 2015 - October 3, 2015 by stodd with 71 views

Introduction

The 2015 For The Love Of Port Harvest Tour highlights both established and upcoming Port and Dour wine producers.

Flight 1 - Graham's Lodge - Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (8 notes)

Red - Fortified
N.V. Graham Porto 30 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Bottled 2015. Amber-orange in color. Very clear from center to the meniscus. Nuts and orange peel on the nose. Full bodied with bright acidity. Toffee notes with orange, citrus and roasted nuts. Long finish.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Graham Porto 40 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Bottled 2015. Orange-brown in color with slight bricking on the edges. Clear in appearance. Cigar box on the nose with some underlying caramel and mocha notes. Unctuous, medium-full bodied with some cinnamon and a touch of clove on the palate. Long, sweet finish with some herbal hints.
Red - Fortified
1982 Graham Porto single harvest tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Bottled 2013. Light orange-amber in color. Mostly clear in appearance. Moderate nose with a touch of wood and orange spice. Full-bodied with baking spice and toffee on the palate. Subtle orange peel on the finish.
Red - Fortified
1972 Graham Porto single harvest tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Bottled 2015. Brown with orange tint. Clear with some bricking on the edges. Old wood notes and some subtle marmalade on the nose. Bright acidity. Coating, unctuous mouthfeel. Tangerine notes with a little bitterness right on the finish.
Red - Fortified
1952 Graham Porto single harvest tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Bottled 2014. Amber-bronze in color. Mocha on the nose. Maple and molasses on the palate. Long finish with great balance.
Red - Fortified
2011 Graham Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Opaque, dark purple in color in the center with medium purple edges. Deep violets with some eucalyptus on the nose. Surprisingly elegant for a 2011 Vintage Port. Blueberry and great, balanced tannins on the long finish.
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Red - Fortified
2013 Quinta do Vesuvio Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
Extremely dark purple in color. Characteristic violets and floral notes on the nose, with some subtle hints of menthol. Blueberry and cassis on the palate. Way too young to score.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Scion Portugal, Douro, Porto
97 points
Maderized notes on the nose. Dark amber-brown at the center, lightening at the edges. Crazy acidity. Orange peel and deep caramel on the long, unctuous finish.

Flight 2 - Quevedo Lodge - Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (7 notes)

Red - Fortified
N.V. Vinhos Oscar Quevedo Porto 20 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Bottled 2014. Blend of 1974, 1992 and 1996. Amber in color with pink hue. Nuts and a little spirit on the nose. Butterscotch on the palate with good acidity. Great, unctuous full body. Very long finish. Excellent 20 year old from Oscar.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Vinhos Oscar Quevedo Porto 40 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Bottled 2015. Amber-orange in color. Tangerine peel with some cigar box on the nose. Extremely full-bodied. Incredible intensity of orange spice, pralines and great acidity on the palate. Flavors expand on the palate, leading to a very long, smooth, unctuous finish. 94 points.
Red - Fortified
1994 Vinhos Oscar Quevedo Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
Bottled 2014. This isn’t being bottled for several years. Ruby in color. Served a little chilled so the nose is a bit subdued. Red fruit notes on the palate with unctuous mouthfeel. Tannins appear on the mid-palate, leading to a finish highlighted by a nice touch of cinnamon.
Red - Fortified
2011 Vinhos Oscar Quevedo Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Dark purple in color. Opaque, with slight transparency on the edges. Still some primary fruit (blueberry and cassis) on the nose. The palate has noticeable tannins, with Blackberry and Plum notes. Long, well-structured finish. This is a well-integrated LBV with a great flavor profile.
Red - Fortified
2007 Vinhos Oscar Quevedo Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Dark, uniform purple in color. Blueberry and cassis on the nose. Fresh black currant and blueberry also on the palate, giving way to great structured mid-palate. Great balance and finish. An elegant drinker!
Red - Fortified
2013 Vinhos Oscar Quevedo Porto Quinta Vale D’Agodinho Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
Vibrant garnet in color. Primary dark fruit on the nose. Intense blueberry and pronounced tannins on the palate. This definitely needs some time in bottle, but is promising.
White - Fortified
N.V. Vinhos Oscar Quevedo Porto 30 year old White Port Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Bottled 2015. Very clear, golden in color. Some tropical fruit and some pine resin on the nose. Unctuous mouthfeel. Honey with some underlying sea salt on the palate. Long finish.

Flight 3 - Quinta de Soalheira - Vila, Portugal (7 notes)

White
2014 Quinta de Soalheiro Alvarinho Soalheiro Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde
90 points
Light straw in color. Very clear. Tropical fruit and some minerality on the nose. Full body with peach and some buttery textures on the palate. Crisp acidity and long finish.
White
2014 Quinta de Soalheiro Alvarinho Soalheiro Primeiras Vinhas Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde
92 points
Very light straw in color. 15% aged oak, 85% in stainless steel. Subtle nose with some light tropical fruit, but the oak-aged 15% really eliminates the minerality that was present on the nose of the “classic” version of this wine. Creamy texture, well integrated flavor profile that evolves on the palate. Some peach and lychee notes on the palate as well.
White
2014 Quinta de Soalheiro Vinho Verde Soalheiro Reserva Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde
94 points
Alvarinho grapes. Medium straw in color with good clarity. Granite and ripe tropical fruit on the nose. Deep, unctuous tropic fruit on the full-bodied palate. Long finish with great acidity.
White
2001 Quinta de Soalheiro Alvarinho Soalheiro Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde
93 points
Golden in color. Some petrol notes reminiscent of some greener wines. Rich, unctuous and complex with tropical fruit and some complex honey notes on the palate.
White
2014 Quinta de Soalheiro Alvarinho Terramatter Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde
89 points
Organic wine, 11.5% alcohol. Unfiltered. Crisp minerality and a touch of mint on the nose. Buttery flavor profile. Lychee and touch of pear on the palate. Zero residual sugar on this wine since there is yeast in the bottle, making it a much dryer style of wine.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Quinta de Soalheiro Vinho Verde Soalheiro Bruto Rose Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde
12.5% alcohol. Produced from 30% Touriga Nacional and 70% Alvarhino.
Spirits
N.V. Quinta de Soalheiro Alvarinho Aguardente Velha Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde
89 points
This aguardiente spent 20 years in barrel. Amber in color. Aged in alternating new and used oak barrels. 45.8% alcohol.

Flight 4 - Andresen Lodge - Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (10 notes)

Red - Fortified
1997 J.H. Andresen Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Bottled 2015. Orange-amber in color. Cigar box and orange spice on the nose. Very compact, intense concentration of flavor on the palate. Crazy complex nuts and orange spice, caramel, and a touch of herbs. Every sip uncovers some new component of the wine. Extremely long finish. This colheita will just get better and better.
Red - Fortified
1980 J.H. Andresen Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Bottled 2015. Orange with amber center. Herbal notes on the nose. Intense concentration of flavors. Unctuous orange peel and some surprising prune notes.
White - Fortified
N.V. J.H. Andresen Porto 40 Year Old White Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Orange in color with slight greenish tinge. Some tropical notes on the nose, with is a little subdued due to the bottle just being opened. Citrus peel with some touches of butterscotch. Great acidity!
Red - Fortified
1968 J.H. Andresen Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Comes from a “non-vintage” year. Clear, with a nice amber-orange color. Mocha, toffee and very old leathers on the subtle nose. Wonderful concentration of flavors on the palate – espresso, orange peel and caramel. Crazy wave after wave of flavor, including herbal notes and some burnt sugar (crème brulee, caramel).
Red - Fortified
2011 J.H. Andresen Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
Bottled “last week.” Dark ruby purple in color. Opaque except for right at the very edge of the wine. Some eucalyptus and herbal notes on the nose, with some dark fruit underlying. Rich, vibrant cassis on the palate with great structure and well-balanced tannins. The nice tannins follow through on the long finish.
Red - Fortified
2008 J.H. Andresen Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Bottled in 2011. Opaque dark purple with minimal transparency at the edges. Blueberry and some mint on the nose, with some herbal notes underneath. Intense blackberry and black currant on the palate. Very long, unctuous finish with balanced tannins and waves of fruit riding it out on the long finish. 2015 For The Love Of Port Harvest Tour - Andresen visit.
Red - Fortified
2011 J.H. Andresen Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Dark purple center, with almost no transparency even on the edges. Herbal notes and some black fruit on the nose. Grippy tannins on the mid-palate. Amazing intensity of red currant / cassis. Firm, structured tannins resolve on the long finish.
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Red - Fortified
2003 J.H. Andresen Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Bottled in 2008. Dark purple with some garnet peeking through. Some bricking on the edges. Herbal notes (esteva?) on the nose. Bright red fruit on the palate with rounded tannins and smooth finish. Just a touch of cinnamon on the finish. The winemaker thinks this wine needs about 2 more years of aging.
White - Fortified
N.V. J.H. Andresen Porto 20-Year-Old White Porto Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Pale orange in color with some tinge of green on the meniscus. Orange peel with some herbs and spice on the nose. Unctuous flavor profile, with nuts, some herbal notes on the palate and some sharp, complex acidity. Long finish with some orange or tangerine notes.
Red - Fortified
1991 J.H. Andresen Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Bottled in 2015. Amber-orange in color with some greening on the edges. Toffee on the nose with some mint or herbal notes. Another great colheita with good concentration of flavors. Caramel and orange notes on the very full body. Long finish with some slightly woody notes.

Flight 5 - C. da Silva - Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (7 notes)

White - Fortified
1989 Dalva Porto Golden White Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
(Cask sample) Not bottled yet. Year is not revealed yet (TN edited after this was revealed as 1989). Very smooth wine. Elegant, approachable with balanced caramel and toffee notes. Long finish with great acidity and balance on the finish.
White - Fortified
1963 Dalva Porto Golden White Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Light amber in color. Orange peel and some sea salt on the nose. Great, balanced intensity. Crème Brule and toasted almonds on the palate. Long finish with bright acidity.
White - Fortified
1971 Dalva Porto Golden White Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Bottled 2015. Light orange in color. Some spirit and woody notes on the nose. Full body with flavors of pralines and orange spice. Some spice on the mid-palate, and a long finish.
White - Fortified
N.V. Dalva Porto Dry White 40 Years Old Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Subdued nose. Not a lot of discernible aromas coming off the nose right now. Some orange peel on the nose and still some hear. Buttery smooth caramel notes on the palate, with some tropical fruit underneath. Medium-full bodied with bright acidity.
White - Fortified
N.V. Dalva Porto Dry White 20 Years Old Portugal, Douro, Porto
88 points
Bottled 2015. Amber with pink hues. Honeysuckle on the nose with a touch of spirit. Light, nutty notes with some noticeable alcohol on the finish.
White - Fortified
N.V. Dalva Porto Dry White 10 Years Old Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Bottled 2015. Clear, light amber-pink in color. Some tropical fruit and some heat on the nose. Some light hints of caramel and honey on the palate. Good complexity and acidity, with some pronounced heat.
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Red - Fortified
2011 Quinta de Ventozelo Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
Primary fruits on the nose – blackberry and crushed blueberry. Very dark purple in color. Huge primary fruit on the palate – this will be an interesting wine.

Flight 6 - Quinta do Crasto - Sabrosa, Portugal (9 notes)

Red - Fortified
2000 Quinta do Crasto Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Bottled in 2006. Eucalyptus on the nose, with some dark fruit notes underneath. Intense primary fruit (blueberry and black currant) on the approach. Full bodied with tannins poking through on the mid-palate. Some mocha notes on the finish.
Red - Fortified
2004 Quinta do Crasto Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
88 points
Bottled in 2008. Dark purple with bricking on the edges. Violet and some herbal notes on the nose. Unctuous mouthfeel. Blackberry and some dark plum on the palate. Grippy tannins on the mid-palate and some fresh acidity with a touch of bitterness on the finish.
Red - Fortified
2011 Quinta do Crasto Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
Bottled in 2015. Very dark, opaque purple with bricking on the edges. Boysenberry, primary blueberry and some floral notes on the nose. Raspberry on the palate, with a touch of licorice. Pronounced tannins on the mid-palate, leading to a long finish. This is a great 2011 LBV and could go 20 years.
Red - Fortified
2000 Quinta do Crasto Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Floral and herbal notes on the nose. Pomegranate and hints of tight, dark fruit on the palate. Grippy tannins on the mid-palate. Unctuous mouthfeel and noticeable tannins on the very long finish.
Red - Fortified
2004 Quinta do Crasto Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
88 points
Impenetrable purple color with slight lightening at the edges. Ripe blueberry and blackberry on the reluctant nose. Raspberry and sour cherry on the palate. Waves of flowers, tannins and a touch of bitterness on the long.
Red - Fortified
2011 Quinta do Crasto Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Dark purple with a garnet edge. Primary blueberry and violet notes on the nose. Amazingly smooth approach given that this is a 2011 VP. Crazy structure and all the components that will likely evolve into an interesting VP. The mid-palate just explodes with unctuous fruit and tannins.
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Red
2005 Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro Portugal, Douro
92 points
Ruby in color. Rose petal and red fruit on the nose. Full-bodied with great, integrated tannins. Long finish.
Red
2006 Quinta do Crasto Douro Vinha Maria Teresa Portugal, Douro
94 points
Beautiful dark fruit on the nose. Intense, compact and well-integrated fruit on the palate, displaying blueberry and cassis. Very long, structured finish.
Red - Fortified
1999 Quinta do Crasto Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Medium purple in color. Deep violets and dark fruit on the nose. Intense blueberry and create balance and tannins. Long finish.

Flight 7 - Quinta do Vallado - Peso da Régua, Portugal (7 notes)

Red - Fortified
2009 Quinta do Vallado Porto Adelaide Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Dark purple in color. Primary grape on the nose. Blueberry and some licorice, along with cassis on the palate. Firm tannins on the mid-palate and well-balanced finish.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Quinta do Vallado Porto 100 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
96 points
Coffee color with orange on the edges. Complex notes of mahogany and prune on the nose. Incredible maple and treacle on the palate. Intense mouthfeel with bright acidity on the long, unctuous finish.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Quinta do Vallado Porto 70 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
96 points
Might be a single harvest, but probably blended. Red brick color with amber on the edges. Cocoa powder, antique wood, some VA / maderized and some iodine on the nose. Syrupy consistency with great viscosity. 500L of this in pipes. Amazing acidity, with concentrated, saline unctuousness. Extremely long finish with wave of caramel and orange.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Quinta do Vallado Porto 40 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Bottled 2015. Dark amber in color, trending to brick. Wood and nuts on the nose, with some herbal notes as well. Intense orange marmalade and nutmeg. Bright acidity and extremely full body, with a long finish. A touch a spirit on the finish.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Quinta do Vallado Porto 30 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Bottle 2015. Orange in color with amber center. Brown sugar and toffee on the nose. Some 70 year old was mixed into this wine (~2%). Wonderful complexity and concentration. Hazelnut and a touch of cinnamon. Great acidity, with a very long finish.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Quinta do Vallado Porto 20 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Bottled in 2014. Orange-brown in color. Herbal and woody notes on the nose. Full body. Espresso bean and honey notes on the palate. Balanced mid-palate with very long finish, highlighted by bright acidity. Blend of 4 different wines. 2015 For The Love Of Port Harvest Tour - Quinta do Vallado visit
Red - Fortified
N.V. Quinta do Vallado Porto 10 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
Bottled 2015. Amber in color. Fresh nose of cigar box and nuts. Caramel and a touch of orange rind on the palate. Complex flavor profile with great acidity. Mixture of 10 different wines.

Flight 8 - Quinta da Devesa - Peso da Régua, Portugal (8 notes)

Red - Fortified
1944 Quinta da Devesa Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Cask sample. Amber-orange in color. Toffee with some maderized notes on the slightly subdued nose. Concentrated honey with a touch a cinnamon on the full-bodied palate. Long finish with nice balance and acidity.
Red - Fortified
1951 Quinta da Devesa Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
Cask sample. NR
White - Fortified
1967 Quinta da Devesa Porto White Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Cask sample. VA on the nose. Candied orange peel on the palate. Great, evolving flavors on the mid-palate of caramel and nuts. Well balanced with good acidity. A little clipped on the finish.
Red - Fortified
1969 Quinta da Devesa Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Cask sample. Orange peel and caramel on the palate. Good acidity. Some bitterness on the medium-long finish.
White - Fortified
1970 Quinta da Devesa Porto White Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Cask sample. Clear, brownish green in color. Nuts and old wood on the nose, with a touch of VA. Unctuous, concentrated orange peel. Acidity is nice on the mid-palate with some bitter almond on the finish.
Red - Fortified
1976 Quinta da Devesa Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
88 points
Cask sample. A hint of varnish on the subdued nose. Unctuous approach with good tannins and acidity. Subtle maple flavor on the palate. Medium-light body.
White - Fortified
N.V. Quinta da Devesa Porto Branco 30 Anos Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Pale straw in color. Somewhat suppressed nose with hints of tropical fruit, but hard to decipher at this point. Salted caramel and a touch of honey. Unctuous, filling mouthfeel. Full bodies on the palate. Some sweet notes and bright acidity on the finish.
White - Fortified
N.V. Quinta da Devesa Porto Branco 20 Anos Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Golden straw in color. Honey and tropical fruit on the nose. Banana and some pear on the palate. Fresh acidity and balanced tannins on the long, smooth finish.

Flight 9 - Quinta do Bomfim - Pinhão, Portugal (9 notes)

Red - Fortified
1978 Dow Porto Vintage Quinta do Bomfim Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Amber in color. Slightly subdued nose. Red fruit on the nose with some underlying floral notes. Full bodied with strawberry and a touch of cinnamon. Firm tannins on the mid-palate with a touch of spice.
Red - Fortified
1970 Dow Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Clear ruby in color. Great floral nose. Unctuous, full mouthfeel on the approach with dusty strawberry. Nice tannins on the mid-palate. Great long finish. Well balanced and well-integrated.
Red - Fortified
1986 Dow Porto Vintage Quinta do Bomfim Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Mostly transparent garnet in color. Slight herbal notes with red fruit underneath. Strawberry and a touch of spice on the palate. Well balanced tannins and a long finish.
Red - Fortified
1966 Dow Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Amber brown in color, semi-transparent. Still some bright red fruit underlying a dusty, herbal note. Spice and raspberry compote on the palate. Full-bodied. Very long, sweet finish.
Red - Fortified
1997 Dow Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Fully opaque with slight bricking at the edges. Beautiful floral and dark fruit nose. Luscious blueberry and cassis on the full midpalate. Flavor continues to expand in the mouth through the long, well-structured finish.
Red - Fortified
2003 Dow Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Opaque dark fruit at the center with clearing on the extreme edges. Very intense fruit and pronounced tannins on the approach. Black currant and blueberry compote on the palate. Long finish with firm tannins and a touch of spice.
Red - Fortified
1995 Dow Porto Vintage Quinta do Bomfim Portugal, Douro, Porto
88 points
Dark, mostly opaque purple maroon in color. Dark fruit with a touch of eucalyptus. Blueberry with great structured tannins on the midpalate. Long, unctuous finish with well-integrated tannins.
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Red - Fortified
1965 Dow Porto Vintage Quinta do Bomfim Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
Amber brown in color. Red fruit on the nose with some woody undertones. Unctuous toffee notes with some semi-sweet chocolate appearing on the mid-palate, along with some subtle cherry. Medium-long finish with good acidity.
Red - Fortified
2004 Dow Porto Vintage Quinta do Bomfim Portugal, Douro, Porto
82 points
Fully opaque with slight bricking at the edges. Beautiful floral and dark fruit nose. Luscious blueberry and cassis on the full midpalate. The flavor continues to expand in the mouth through the long, well-structured finish.

Flight 10 - Quinta da Roêda - Pinhão, Portugal (8 notes)

Red - Fortified
1963 Croft Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Amber center with browning on the edges. Dusty leather with some caramel, orange spice and sweet pipe tobacco on the nose. Strawberry, honey, and caramel notes on the palate. Intense, unctuous mouthfeel. Full-bodied and very long finish.
Red - Fortified
1970 Croft Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Amber brown in color. Notable sediment in the glass. Cedar and touches of vanilla bean on the nose. Buttery caramel and a touch of soy sauce on the palate. Sharp acidity and concentrated flavors on the mid-palate. Long, full-bodied finish with great, balanced acidity.
Red - Fortified
1994 Croft Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
Dark, opaque purple-brown in color. Floral notes with a touch of spirit on the nose. Surprisingly elegant wine on the approach, with tannins and red fruit making an entrance on the mid-palate. Full-bodied, long finish with a touch of bitterness on the tail end.
Red - Fortified
2003 Croft Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Dark purple in color with brown hues, especially around the edges. Blackberry jam and cassis on the nose. Blackberry, tight tannins and a hint of mint underneath. Well-structured tannins on the finish.
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Red - Fortified
2009 Croft Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Purple-black in color. Dense black fruit on the nose. Intense blackberry and black currant on the approach. Tannins are very well balanced on the mid-palate. Long finish with a touch of acidity and a little spice.
Red - Fortified
2011 Croft Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Dark purple in color with bricking on the edges. Cool black fruit on the nose. Luscious, juicy black plum on the palate, followed by well-structured tannins on the mid-palate and great structure and body on the finish.
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Red - Fortified
2002 Croft Porto Vintage Quinta da Roêda Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Dark, opaque ruby in color. A touch of either VA or some spirit on the nose. Intense, tight black cherry and plum notes on the expansive mid-palate. Noticeable tannins on the very long finish.
Red - Fortified
2012 Croft Porto Vintage Quinta da Roêda Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
Dark purple in color. Dark fruit compote on the nose. Cassis hiding underneath some earthy tannins. Grippy tannins on the full-bodied mid-palate. Some mocha and mint on the finish.

Flight 11 - Quinta do Sagrado - Vilarinho de Cotas, Portugal (11 notes)

White
2014 Quinta do Sagrado Douro Portugal, Douro
88 points
Very pale straw in color. Fresh tropical fruit on the nose. Grapes purchased from vineyards at 400-500m high. This creates acidity due to the coolness at night. Minerality, tropical fruit (banana) and some pear.
Red
2012 Quinta do Sagrado Douro Sagrado Portugal, Douro
86 points
Touriga Nacional and Old Vines. Medium purple in color. Hints of primary grapes on the nose. Firm tannins, still some primary fruit underneath.
Red
2008 Quinta do Sagrado Douro Reserva Portugal, Douro
91 points
Dark purple in color. Floral and herbal notes with dark fruit underneath. Well-structured tannins. The fruit is subtle, leaving this with a dusty feel.
Red
2008 Quinta do Sagrado Douro VT Portugal, Douro
93 points
Dark purple center with a transparent edge. Great dark fruit nose. Great balance, with tannins and some nice red fruit on the palate. Excellent acidity. Elegant.
Red
2008 Quinta do Sagrado Douro VT VV Portugal, Douro
94 points
Intense nose of blueberry and dark fruit. Wonderful cranberry on the palate, backed by a great tannic structure. Very long finish with some great dusty notes.
Red - Fortified
2011 Quinta do Sagrado Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Deep, impenetrable purple in color. Eucalyptus and cassis on the nose. Deep plum and blueberry with some mint on the palate.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Cálem Porto Sagrado Collections 10 anos Portugal, Douro, Porto
90 points
Amber orange in color. Caramel on the nose. Burnt sugar and a little spirit on the mid-palate. Toffee finish with some good acidity.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Cálem Porto Sagrado Collections 30 anos Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Great nose of caramel, pralines and some hints of orange. Limited tasting note due to a small pour.
Red - Fortified
2010 Quinta do Sagrado Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Rich purple in color. Some primary fruit on the nose. Rich, black fruit on the palate. Dark fruit on the finish with good tannins and balance.
Red
2012 Quinta do Sagrado Douro Tinta Roriz Portugal, Douro
82 points
Ruby purple in color. Red fruit on the nose. Forward tannins with a dry, floral profile. Strawberry and currant on the palate. Dry, dusty tannins on the finish.
Rosé
2014 Quinta do Sagrado Douro Rosé Portugal, Douro
85 points
Pink salmon in color. Subdued nose due to short contact with skins. A simple wine, not very complex. Subtle hints of tropical fruit but hard to pull out any distinct flavors.

Flight 12 - Quinta do Noval - Pinhão, Portugal (11 notes)

Red - Fortified
2007 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Silval Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Dark ruby-purple in color with slight lightening on the edges. Initial vegetative notes on the nose, giving way to mocha notes. Nice intense flavor profile of chocolate and espresso bean. Long finish with nice tannins.
Red - Fortified
2011 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Impenetrable dark purple in color. Tar and intense licorice nose. Very intense black fruit and some underlying tannins on the palate. Intense mouthfeel. Huge tannins and a very long finish.
Red - Fortified
2011 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional Portugal, Douro, Porto
95 points
Dark, impenetrable purple in color. Plum notes and some lavender, along with some subtle cedar/woody notes on the nose. Pomegranate and a touch of cranberry on the palate. Deep structured tannins with a very long, unctuous finish.
Red - Fortified
2013 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
1,000 cases produced. Some black fruit and herbal notes on the nose. Red fruit on the palate, with some hints of blueberry and black fruit underneath. Intense mouthfeel, smooth finish, and great balance. This is going to be a great wine!
Red - Fortified
2009 Quinta do Noval Porto Late Bottled Vintage Port unfiltered Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Dark purple in color. Floral with some herbal notes on the nose. Intense blueberry and cassis on the palate. Tannins emerge on the mid-palate. Nice structure. 6 years of aging in tonnals. The extra time in wood has made this a very approachable wine.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Quinta do Noval Porto 20 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Bottled 2015. Orange-amber in color. Caramel and butterscotch notes on the nose. Bright acidity. Unctuous hazelnut and a touch of soy sauce on the palate. Long finish with great acidity and balance.
Red - Fortified
1995 Quinta do Noval Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Bottled 2015. Orange with amber hints of color. Subtle butterscotch and honey on the nose. Orange peel, light mocha notes and some salted caramel on the unctuous mid-palate. Great tannins and acidity.
Red - Fortified
1968 Quinta do Noval Porto Colheita Portugal, Douro, Porto
95 points
Brown amber in color. VA and maderized notes with some caramel and cedar on the nose. Extremely unctuous and concentrated flavors of orange peel and orange spice on the palate. Crazy acidity. Very long, unctuous finish.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Quinta do Noval Porto Noval Black Portugal, Douro, Porto
89 points
Amber purple in color. Primary dark fruit on the nose with some eucalyptus. Intense, concentrated fruit on the palate. Grippy tannins on the mid-palate with a long finish.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Quinta do Noval Porto 10 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Bottled in 2015. Light ruby in color. Orange peel and bitter almond on the nose. Salted caramel and orange spice on the palate. Fruit forward, with good acidity and a long finish.
Red - Fortified
1967 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional Portugal, Douro, Porto
96 points
Red fruit and old leather on the dusty nose. Intense mouthfeel, with herbal notes, eucalyptus, and some heat. Medium-full bodied with cinnamon and cola on the finish.

Flight 13 - Quinta do Bom Retiro - Tabuaço, Portugal (14 notes)

White
2000 Ramos Pinto Douro Duas Quintas Branco Portugal, Douro
91 points
Golden straw in color. Tropical fruit with a touch of Riesling / petrol character. Dry in character with some grapefruit and minerality on the palate. A well-integrated, impressively aged wine.
Red
2013 Ramos Pinto Douro Duas Quintas Portugal, Douro
92 points
Medium purple in color. Subtle red fruit and herbal notes on the nose. Dry in style. Still some pronounced tannins on the mid-palate. Long, dusty finish.
Red
1994 Ramos Pinto Douro Duas Quintas Reserva Portugal, Douro
93 points
Herbal notes on the nose. Touch of green pepper on the palate. Great structure on the medium-long finish. A great, elegant wine.
Red
1981 Ramos Pinto Tinta Cão Douro Quinta do Bom Retiro Portugal, Douro
91 points
Bottled in 1984. Great dusty nose. Red fruit is starting to recede, replaced by dusty tannins. Nice long finish on this very rare Douro red from the Tinta Cão grape.
Red - Fortified
1983 Ramos Pinto Touriga Nacional Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Mint and herbal notes on the nose. Great intensity of flavor with some pepper and dark fruit on the palate. Very long, unctuous finish.
Red - Fortified
1983 Ramos Pinto Touriga Franca Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
A touch of saline (low tide) on the nose. Tremendous viscosity and silky texture on the palate. Unctuous mouthfeel. Very long finish. Really great wine!
Red - Fortified
1983 Ramos Pinto Tinta Roriz Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Surprisingly light, clear amber in color. Red fruit with strawberry on the palate. Sweet, unctuous finish.
Red - Fortified
1983 Ramos Pinto Tinta Barroca Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
91 points
Dark, impenetrable purple in color. Esteva on the nose. Red fruit and cinnamon on the palate. Great long finish.
Red - Fortified
1994 Ramos Pinto Porto Vintage Quinta de Ervamoira Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Opaque purple in color. Menthol and licorice on the nose. Plum and blueberry on the palate. Long, elegant and balanced finish.
Red - Fortified
1983 Ramos Pinto Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Amber-purple in color. Dusty, dark cherry on the nose with some underlying herbal notes. Full, unctuous mouthfeel with cola, mahagony and mocha notes. Very long finish with waves of chocolate and treacle.
Red - Fortified
1994 Ramos Pinto Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Medium purple in color. Eucalyptus on the nose. Red fruit and well-structured tannins. Long finish with nice balance.
Red - Fortified
1890 Ramos Pinto Porto Selected Reserve Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Brown orange in color with some transparency. Crazy acidity with mahogany, maple and citrus peel on the nose. Unctuous mouthfeel with burnt sugar, mocha, tobacco, and espresso notes.
Red - Fortified
1924 Ramos Pinto Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Vegetative green notes on the nose. Unctuous toffee and buttery caramel with some orange peel notes. Great unctuous mouthfeel with great acidity and a nice long finish.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Ramos Pinto Porto 20 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
92 points
Orange amber in color. Coffee and orange spice on the nose. Great acidity with orange notes on the palate. Long finish.
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