The 1995 vintage of this wine was ranked #4 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1998
The extremely low yields of the Vesuvio
vineyard produced a wine of unparalleled
concentration and richness and with a deep
purple color. The wine combining floral aromas
of eucalyptus and has intense
flavors of very ripe fruit and rich blackcurrant.
Quinta do Vesuvio 2007 is a fabulous
accompaniment to chocolate desserts, such
as flourless chocolate cake or dark chocolate
truffles, but can also be enjoyed on its own - it
is an experience in itself.
Port is best served in classic Port wine
glassware or white wine glasses. Avoid cordial
or liqueur glasses as they are too small to fully
appreciate the wine's aromas.
These wines can be drunk young by those
who enjoy a more fruit driven style, but will
also age superbly over the decades to come.
"A great vintage of Vesuvio, this is completely Douro in its flavors, a bold stroke of color across the palate, a rush of green, red, blue and purple. It's plump, if not downright fat (the wine seems softer in acidity than some of its peers), but it's ripped by tannin, with a pervasive schistiness that makes it grand. Those resonant tannins combine with vibrant spice, licorice and green herb to create a hum of energy around all the fruit. The wine vibrates with power, intensely compressed. Drink it young to be wowed, or cellar it for decades; it's anyone's guess when this will calm down."
Wine & Spirits
"Fascinating aromas of citrus fruits, blueberry and dried flowers, with tar notes as well, lead to a full-bodied, medium-sweet palate, with a black pepper and spice undertone to the rich, ripe berry fruit. Turns chewy and tannic on the finish. So much to come with age in the bottle. Very typical for Vesuvio. Best after 2017."
"Saturated black ruby to the rim. A black hole on the nose, hinting at crushed dark berries, licorice, violet and woodsmoke. Still an infant on the palate, with penetrating graphite minerality and notes of pepper and spice giving energy to the wine's utterly primary fruit. Wonderfully elegant and fine-grained wine that's just hinting at the complexity to come. A slightly high-toned quality adds personality, but this intensely fruity port needs at least a decade of patience."
International Wine Cellar
"The purple/black 2007 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port offers up aromas of pine forest, menthol, pepper, Asian spices, and blackberry compote. This leads to a youthful, primary Port with gobs of mid-palate fruit, firm but ripe tannins, tremendous depth and concentration, and a succulence which raises it above the crowd. Impeccably balanced, it will evolve for 15-20 years and drink well through 2040.
The Wine Advocate