Quinta do Vesuvio, 2018
Vintage Port (single bottle)
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Description and Reviews:
The 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio is one of my top Port wines of the 2018 vintage. Flamboyant, full of concentration lovely violet nose and absolutely loaded with red fruit at this early stage. Tannins are finely resolved and should provide the structure for the wine to develop. Only 965 cases made so will be in short supply 95/100. TC VWP June 2020
Quinta do Vesúvio 2018 *****
A blend of 54% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca / Alicante Bouschet (co-fermented) and 6%
Sousão (for freshness), predominantly from cooler north / north -west facing vineyards:
Beautifully lifted, scented floral aromas (rose petals), vinous and overt; sweet and suave initially, ripe
but gentle blackberry fruit backed by velvety tannins leading to a finish that is both powerful and
elegant at the same time. Wonderful freshness and vitality. A magnificent wine for drinking over the
medium to long term. Just 965 cases produced representing 3% of the quinta’s total production.
2018 Quinta do Vesuvio
The 2018 Vintage Port is a blend of 54% Touriga Nacional and 40% Touriga Franca and Alicante Bouschet
combined, with miscellaneous others filling out the blend. It comes in with 112 grams of residual sugar.
This is one of the two Ports being released en primeur now by the Symingtons in this issue. If you are
judging the group on concentration and power, this is easily the winner, the one with the biggest upside.
There are some other points to make, though. You may like the style of some others more. Inky black,
it is also probably the most concentrated Port in the group, although it doesn't seem to quite scale the heights
of, say, the 2017. The signature features here will be the pungent aromatics and the big, ripe fruit. Actually,
it is not only big in flavor, it's a little flamboyant. There is a nuance on the finish that makes it seem
especially ripe; it will be interesting to see if that folds into the whole in time. The baked plums up front
suggest very ripe Touriga Nacional, in particular. Then, the hammer falls, and this shows off a fair bit of
power too, especially the next day. It was by far, also, the 2018 in this article that was most on top of its
game when tasted a couple of days later. It will be interesting to see where this goes. It certainly has
potential. There were 965 cases produced.
Quinta do Vesuvio 2018
Drink window 2030 - 2065
The 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio has a plush bouquet of black fruit laced with clove, nougat, boysenberry
jam and white pepper. I would
have liked a little more precision here. The palate is medium -bodied with impressive spicy attack on the entry - cracked black pepper and bitter orange, touches of liquorice and mint towards the well structured finish. Moderate length. A quality Vesuvio that deserves several years in bottle.
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