It features tasting notes of new releases (2008 whites, 2007 reds and ports) and a report of vertical tastings with each of the famous five – Quintas do Vallado, do Crasto, do Vale Dona Maria, do Vale Meao and Niepoort. The highlights are too many to mention so I’ll content myself with some overview observations:
- 2008, terrific for whites and, based on a few barrel samples, some exciting reds in the pipeline;
- 2007 elegant, intense lifted red wines and ports;
- 2001, 2004, 2005 – my standout vintages of the verticals together with 2007.
I also summarise the results of a fascinating tasting of 2007 vintage ports 3 ways organised by Dirk Niepoort who, with others, is concerned about writers scoring vintage ports on the back of snapshot tastings – as he puts, “it’s port not whisky, it’s alive”. Interesting to look at this with my report of two previews of the 07s in London in May this year.
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