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Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port 1999

Port from Portugal
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      Winemaker Notes

      João van Zeller and the Symington family are pleased to announce the release of the Quinta de Roriz 1999 Vintage Port in the spring of 2001. Only 2000 cases of the very finest Port produced at the property have been selected for bottling.

      The winter of 1998/99 was cold and dry, and was followed by wet weather in April and May. June and July were dry and some refreshing rain fell in early August. Careful and extended maturation studies were carried out at Quinta de Roriz and the vintage began on the 15 September with the Vinha Velha (old vines) whose low yields produced fantastically concentrated wines. The Quinta's early ripening characteristics were a great advantage during the 1999 harvest, as all the picking was already over when the rainfall which struck the Douro began in late September.

      All the grapes are hand picked and the wine is 100% made in the traditional stone "lagares".

      This '99 comes primarily from old vines, before João van Zeller and the Symington family began replanting this quinta in 2000. Delicious and young, this hits right off with a floral, strawberry scent and a lovely texture. It's more vinous than most Porto, built more like a Banyuls. Tart and grapey, high in tone, this doesn't seem destined for long aging, but at eight to ten years, it should be a star with Roquefort, gorgonzola dolce or a block of Stilton.

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      Quinta de Roriz

      Quinta de Roriz

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      Quinta de Roriz, Portugal
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      Quinta de Roriz is one of the oldest and finest estates in the Douro and has been owned by the van Zeller family since 1815. Historical records show that Roriz was the very first Quinta Port to be exported and the first Quinta to establish an international reputation for the quality of its wines. During much of the 19th Century, Roriz was considered one of the greatest of Vintage Ports, and it is intended to re-establish this standing in the 21st Century.

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      Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent dry wines, Portugal is unique in that it relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to the west on the Iberian Peninsula, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, perhaps due in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. Portugal is a long and narrow country, which makes for considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast. With the exception of Port, most Portuguese wines have struggled to garner attention in the international marketplace, perhaps due to the unfamiliar and difficult to pronounce nature of most of its grape varieties and terminology, which means that there are many excellent values to be discovered here by the adventurous consumer. The country is perhaps better known for being the world’s leader in cork production than for its wine.

      Port, made in the Douro Valley, is the fortified wine for which Portugal is most famous. The same region also produces full-bodied dry wines made from the same set of grape varieties, which include Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo). The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast. Other dry wines of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of the north, the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão, and the bold, jammy reds of the Alentejo.

      Blended from the most important red grapes of the Duoro Valley, Port is the famous fortified wine from Portugal. It is based on the Touriga Nacional grape with over 80 other varieties approved for use in the blend. However, typically about four other varieties play a major role: Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Touriga Francesa. Other wine regions of the world can produce fortified wine of a similar style from the same grapes or other grapes.

      There are numerous styles of Port: Ruby, Tawny, Vintage, LBV, White, Colheita, and a few unusual others.

      Ruby ports usually pack the most value and are ready to drink once bottled. Typical characteristics are ripe cherry and blackberry flavors with stewed plums, cocoa and dates.

      Tawny ports are “tawny” in color and have flavors of toffee, caramel, toasted pecans, vanilla, dried apricot, citrus peel, green figs and roasted espresso. The age designation on a Tawny Port indicates the average vintage age of the grapes in the bottle.

      When Port is made with high quality grapes selected from a single notable vintage, it is called Vintage Port. Some of the best recent vintages are 2011, 2009, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997 and 1994. Vintage Ports are complex and full-bodied with many flavors possible: concentrated blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and spice, smoke, coffee and chocolate.

      LBV Port comes from a single-vintage Ruby Port and may spend six years in the barrel before being bottled. These are ready to drink upon release. Serve most Ports slightly chilled at around 55-65°F.

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