QUINTA DO VESUVIO
Yes! There’s a real feel to this. Freshly crushed fruit. A pulp of red and blue berries. There is a great density but it is not thick, there is a spice and lift of brisk acidity underpinning the fruit. Lots of cooked plum, some coffee - but loaded with lots of pleasure. Perhaps less ‘fine’ than some, there is a wilder note, but good flow and broad too. A nice sweep - that gives joy. L&S (May 2019)
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This offers of a lovely mix of raspberry, black currant, plum and fig pâte de fruit notes, which stretch out slowly over a ramrod straight graphite spine. Bramble, anise and apple wood details are tucked in neatly on the finish, giving this a compact feel for now, but everything is in place for a long, steady maturation in the cellar. Shows a pleasant, dry edge to the finish. Drinking range: 2035 - 2055 Rating: 96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Oct 2019)
The 2017 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port was picked from August 28, the earliest on record and the Symingtons single out the Touriga Franca as the foundation of its quality for imparting all-important freshness. It has a fragrant and more floral bouquet compared to its peers, not as intense as either Warre’s and Cockburn’s with scents of blackcurrant, Medjool dates, raspberry preserve and raisin, well defined, although you are convinced that this Vesuvio is holding something back. The palate is smooth with lace-like tannin, very well judged acidity, quite powerful and dense with a voluminous black plum and blackcurrant finish with hints of espresso and mint. This is a fine Vesuvio although, it lacks the profundity of its peers in this vintage. Total production 1,200 cases. Drinking range: 2027 - 2050 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jun 2019)
Dark purple with purple rim. The fruit character is less wild here than in the Graham’s and Stone Terraces, more domesticated black fruit and yet just as pure and still with fine bergamot from the Touriga. Sweet baking spice on the palate leading in to highly textured tannins, as if the texture itself was spicy, but fine like layers of paper. Dense, packed with potential and less approachable than the Dow’s and Warre’s, less obviously sweet on the mid palate. But the long finish is sweet and utterly pure fruit. Wonderful persistence. Drinking range: 2030 - 2067 Rating: 18.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2019)
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