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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port 1997
Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port 1997
(search item no. 15692)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $68.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Quinta do Vesuvio 1997 has a dark and intense purple colour, on the nose showing a luscious ripeness with rich floral aromas of gum cistus and hints of blackcurrant. On the palate the wine is extraordinarily rich and full-bodied, packed with layers of fruit and firm tannins, holding its richness all the way through to a long and concentrated finish.
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About Quinta do Vesuvio:

Although historical records mention Vesuvio as early as 1565 it was primarily under the auspices of the Douro's redoubtable widow, Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, that this vineyard estate acquired its legendary reputation. The estate's industrious founder was her husband who from 1820 began the ambitious task of planting the vineyard. This gargantuan enterprise involving the shaping and construction of terraces on the intractable slopes and the planting of hundreds of thousands of vines took his legions of workers thirteen years to complete. Following the founder's death, his widow continued to develop the property, which under her able management became the showpiece quinta of the Douro. At Vesuvio she built one of the Douro's largest wineries, containing eight granite 'lagares' (treading tanks) each capable of holding 25 pipes (1 pipe: 550 litres). In 1989 Quinta do Vesuvio was purchased by the Symington family whose involvement in the growing, production and shipping of Port began more than a century ago. The family decided from the outset to preserve the traditional character of the Quinta especially with regard to the vinification process where the time-honored method of treading the grapes by foot has been retained. Some technological innovations have been introduced principally in the form of a cooling system to control fermentation in this ancient wine making method. In view of the outstanding quality of the wine, Vesuvio is offered exclusively as a single Quinta Vintage Port. Only about 50 pipes (36,000 bottles) are bottled each year although the production of the property is much greater and this exemplifies the family's steadfast policy of releasing none but the very finest wines from the Quinta.