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"compelling and powerful" - Julia Harding MW

The extraordinary 2017 vintage 

There's only one reason why the port houses would release two vintages in a row: something that is exceedingly rare (the last incidence being 1872/73. The motivation comes when the harvest succeeding one release is of exceptionally fine quality. And from everything I have read, 2017 is such a vintage, the growing season of which has been compared to the now-legendary 1945 harvest.

Whilst 2016 produced wines that are fresh and elegant, 2017 has thrown up liquids that are dense, fully structured and intense. As Christian Seely of Quinta do Noval remarked, "It would have been unthinkable not to declare this vintage."

The Wines

 I have small allocations of the following wines. If you are interested, please order via the website (click on any wine name) or contact Caspar as soon as possible. 

2017 Vintage Port, Dow

£330 in bond per 6  Drink 2030-2060
"Hedgerow fruits on the nose, floral too, and again that real sweetness of fruit on the palate. Intense, firmly built but very generous in its sweet fruit character even if not analytically sweeter." Julia Harding MW

"There is so much energy coiled up in this Port, a sense of symmetry that is enthralling and yet you just know that it needs to be cellared for 15-20 years for it to reveal its full potential. For serious Port-lovers." Neal Martin

2017 Vintage Port, Graham

£330 in bond per 6  Drink 2028-2055
"Immense concentration of pure fruit, deep layers of velvet, and yet the fruit is fresh. Fills the mouth with luxury.Julia Harding MW

"The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins, a gorgeous Graham’s with hints of espresso and cloves that tincture the multi-layered fruit that veers towards black rather than red towards the finish that fans out without a care in the world.Neal Martin

2017 Vintage Port The Stone Terraces, Graham

£351 in bond per 3  Drink 2030-2065
"Tannins are incredibly silky, like slub silk, and add another layer of purity to a wonderfully expressive wine. Perfect harmony."Julia Harding MW

"There is superb grip here and conveys a sense of symmetry that leaves you yearning for the next sip.Neal Martin

2017 Vintage Port, Quinta do Vesuvio

£270 in bond per 6  Drink 2029-2060
"Dense, packed with potential and less approachable than the Dow’s and Warre’s, less obviously sweet on the mid palate. But the long finish is sweet and utterly pure fruit. Wonderful persistence.Julia Harding MW

"The palate is smooth with lace-like tannin, very well judged acidity, quite powerful and dense with a voluminous black plum and blackcurrant finish with hints of espresso and mint.Neal Martin

2017 Vintage Port, Croft

£240 in bond per 6  Drink 2026-2045
"This is all about the fruit and has lovely freshness and lively fruit purity. Mouth-watering finish of sweet-sour cherry flavours.Julia Harding MW

"Beautifully balanced, effortless even, it gently seems to roll across the senses towards its surprisingly controlled, clove and bayleaf tinged finish that leaves a discrete tingling sensation on the tongue.Neal Martin

2017 Vintage Port, Fonseca

£321 in bond per 6  Drink 2029-2055
"Lush, plush and exotic on the palate, deep-pile, compact, smooth tannins, just enough freshness to balance the rich generosity. The finish is beautifully dry-tasting, the tannins melting on the long finish.Julia Harding MW

"Powerful and long on the aftertaste, you can feel this Fonseca 60 seconds after the wine has exited. It deserves 10-15 years in bottle. Excellent, but patience required.Neal Martin

2017 Vintage Port, Taylor

£325 in bond per 6  Drink 2030-2065
"Like a bottomless well of fruit, so deep and smooth. Power and polish to the densely layered but welcoming tannins, the power hidden by the fruit depth.Julia Harding MW

"It is a silky-smooth Taylor’s, one of the most polished 2017 Vintage Ports with energy and tension flooding through the finish. Aristocratic as ever, totally Taylor’s, yet still translating the growing season with aplomb.Neal Martin

 

 

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