Vintage Port wine is the wine of a single year blended from several of a house’s best vineyards. It’s bottled at about two years of age, before the wine has much chance to shed its tough tannin.
When young, the port has an intense ruby red color, strong aromas and flavors of red fruit and berries, and strong tannin. As Vintage Port wine ages, it becomes much more complex and nuanced.
Port wine grapes
There are 48 authorized grape varieties which can go into a port wine. Port is kept in oak for a relatively short time, and depending on the quality of the year, is blended with other years for a consistent taste. It is then fortified and aged in bottles. It is a higher quality of ruby port which age from four to six years in the oak casks. These ports need to be decanted before drinking to allow the remaining sediments to sink.
Which port wine to buy
When looking to buy port wine, read the label carefully. Many producers provide a bottling date on the back label in small type. One needs to know the bottling date to ensure that the bottle has not been in a warehouse for quite some time. If not, then the port wine will not be as enjoyable. The taste will lack in quality and will be musty. This rule applies to any type of port wine, even vintage port wines.
Some wines make a good investment because they are rare and have an established reputation causing them to appreciate in value. If you are looking to buy port wine don’t hesitate to call us, we are specialists and deal in fine red wines, ports and champagne. We may be able to help find the vintage port wine your are looking for.