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Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port 2016

Port from Portugal
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    20% ABV
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      20% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      This Vintage Port has a powerful, floral nose with hints of tar and green tobacco. On the palate, there is fresh blackberry and red plum, finishing with licorice and mineral elements.

      Critical Acclaim

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      JS 94
      James Suckling
      This is really impressive with fantastic aromas of ripe fruit and hints of earth. Some moss. Full-bodied and very sweet, yet the power and tannins are all here. A juicy and sweet wine that impresses. Drink in 2022.
      WS 94
      Wine Spectator
      This is packed with racy plum, açai and blueberry reduction notes, all seamlessly layered with licorice snap and plum cake flavors. Shows a lovely graphite hint through the finish. Best from 2030 through 2050.
      RP 93
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      The 2016 Vintage Port is mostly Touriga Nacional from old vines, plus 22% Sousão, coming in with 114 grams of residual sugar. As with the other Symington properties this issue, this was bottled in May 2018 for release in October 2018. This shows the same good fruit as the Warre's, but in a much drier and sterner fashion, at least perceptibly and at least at the moment. It does have a fairly high sugar level on paper (normal-high, not over the top). As it sat and aired, it became more powerful, not less, showing plenty of intensity. Tight, tannic and a little astringent, this lacks expressive fruit as yet, but its laser-like precision will serve it in good stead. I loved that firm feel. It needs at least a decade to come around, though. It has a lot of upside potential, but it's linear and compact just now. Let's start here and see where we go when it opens up a bit more.
      Rating: 93+
      WE 93
      Wine Enthusiast
      This finely perfumed wine has ripe tannins and rich fruit. It is full of berry flavors, supported by a dry structure and acidity, all well packaged into a complex texture that will allow the wine to age. Drink from 2028.
      D 90

      The blend includes grapes from a 30-year-old Touriga Nacional vineyard as well as Sousão from the upper part of the estate, picked early. This isn't giving much away on the nose, but it is soft and sweet on the palate, showing nicely defined summer fruit with a touch of dark chocolate concentration and refined, peppery tannins. A midweight wine to drink over the medium term.

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      Quinta de Roriz, Portugal

      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 intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

      While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

      The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

      Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

      The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

      Blended from the most important red grapes of the Douro 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. These are not intended to be aged once bottled.

      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 2016, 2011, 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. Vintage ports tend to improve in the bottle up to approximately 30 years from the vintage.

      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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