1997 Port Vintage Report

1997 was one of the great port vintages of the decade and marked a general declaration of vintage. The vintage is characterised by full-bodied wines that will be at their best now, but will remain at their peak for at least another 20 or 30 years if stored with care. A 1997 Vintage Port would make a great 26 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary celebration this year.

18 products found.

Palmer Port, 1997

Colheita Port, Douro
75cl bottle

This rare Port Wine has been stored in seasoned oak casks since the 1997 harvest until it was bottled this year.

Tasting Notes: The 1997 Port from Palmer has a light oak colour. Much elegance on the nose with orange peel, walnuts, figs and a touch of honey. On the palate, there is a lightness that is balanced by good acidity. This port wine delivers a beautiful flavour supported by a long, long finish. Outstanding.


Colheita Port Storage and Serving Advice:
Colheita Port should be stored in a cool and dry place, sheltered from light and temperature fluctuations, and the bottle should remain in an upright position.
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Price: $65.48 USD
Stock: 47 in Stock

Quevedo, 1997

Colheita Port, Douro
***91 Points- Wine Advocate***

The 1997 vintage is widely acclaimed as one of the finest from the 1990s for Port wines. This colheita 1997 from our friends at Quevedo perfectly embodies that distinction, delivering a captivating, refined encounter. With refreshing acidity, a rich medley of flavours including creme brulee, nutty undertones, and a hint of caramel, it presents an elegant palate. The finish features a delightful note of grilled hazelnuts, leaving a long-lasting impression on the palate.

Winemakers Notes
COLOUR
Medium saturated, dark brick.
AROMA
While the nose of this wine may be understated, it offers a pleasant and inviting aroma that features discernible scents of candied fruit and freshly-picked berries.
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Price: $93.57 USD
Stock: 29 in Stock

Calem Port, 1997

Quinta da Foz Vintage Port, Douro
Presented in Original Gift Box

This Port wine from the outstanding 1997 vintage has a beautiful and intense ruby red colour with nuances of purplish red, little transparency. The nose denotes intense and persistent aromas of red berries fruit such as black cherry, cherry macerated in alcohol and blueberry as well as an intense and pleasing aroma of violet and hints of vanilla on the finish.


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Price: $106.95 USD
Stock: 16 in Stock

J W Hart, 1997

Colheita Port, Douro

Having spent at least 7 years in cask this 1997 colheita port from JW Hart is essentially a tawny port with a vintage date. This luscious port offers wonderful dried fig, sultanas, Crème brûlée and walnut aromas and flavours, with soft mouthfeel and a high acidity balancing beautifully the port's sweetness. It is finishing off in a long satisfying nutty aftertaste.


Colheita Port Storage and Serving Advice:
Colheita Port should be stored in a cool and dry place, sheltered from light and temperature fluctuations, and the bottle should remain in an upright position. If stored correctly, Colheita Ports will keep for decades in the bottle.
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Price: $73.51 USD
Stock: 27 in Stock

J W Hart, 1997

Colheita Port, Douro
MAGNUM BOTTLE (1.5 Litre)

Having spent at least 7 years in cask this 1997 colheita port from JW Hart is essentially a tawny port with a vintage date. This luscious port offers wonderful dried fig, sultanas, Crème brûlée and walnut aromas and flavours, with soft mouthfeel and a high acidity balancing beautifully the port's sweetness. It is finishing off in a long satisfying nutty aftertaste.


Colheita Port Storage and Serving Advice:
Colheita Port should be stored in a cool and dry place, sheltered from light and temperature fluctuations, and the bottle should remain in an upright position. If stored correctly, Colheita Ports will keep for decades in the bottle.
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Price: $119.05 USD
Stock: 4 in Stock

Messias, 1997

Quinta do Cachao Vintage Port, Douro

The 1997 Messias Quinta do Cachão Vintage Port is a true masterpiece of Portuguese winemaking, offering a glimpse into the exceptional terroir of the Douro Valley, the hallmark of a great vintage and the artistry of Caves Messias. With its depth, complexity, and elegance, it is a wine to be savoured and cherished on special occasions, celebrations, and moments of indulgence.

Tasting Notes:
Deep, opaque ruby colour with hints of garnet at the rim. Its aroma is intoxicating, with ripe dark fruits, dried figs, raisins, dark chocolate, spice, tobacco, and cedar. The palate is rich, velvety, and full-bodied, with luscious fruit flavours, rip berry notes, cocoa, coffee, and sweet spices.
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Price: $93.57 USD
Stock: 36 in Stock

Quinta Das Carvalhas, 1997

Vintage Port, Douro
With Port Tongs Gift Set

This is one of our favourite gifts sets. a classic 1997 Vintage Port with a set of Port Tongs, the traditional way to open a bottle. If you have never seen a bottle opened this way, just take a look at this video as Pedro Silva Reis shows us how to use them.

Quinta Das Carvalhas 1997 Vintage Port is made from a small parcel of vines over 100 years old. The 1997 Quinta Das Carvalhas is a very deep and black purple colour. A very concentrated and fruity aroma, with jammy, blackberries and plum notes. The great mouthfeel reveals all the complexity flavour of fruit, full-bodied and balanced wine soft and velvety background, a long and lasting finish.
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Price: $172.56 USD
Stock: 5 in Stock

Quinta Das Carvalhas, 1997

Vintage Port, Douro

This is one of our favourite gifts sets. a classic 1997 Vintage Port with a set of Port Tongs, the traditional way to open a bottle. If you have never seen a bottle opened this way, just take a look at this video as Pedro Silva Reis shows us how to use them.

Quinta Das Carvalhas 1997 Vintage Port is made from a small parcel of vines over 100 years old. The 1997 Quinta Das Carvalhas is a very deep and black purple colour. A very concentrated and fruity aroma, with jammy, blackberries and plum notes. The great mouthfeel reveals all the complexity flavour of fruit, full-bodied and balanced wine soft and velvety background, a long and lasting finish.
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Price: $100.33 USD
Stock: 41 in Stock

Dow's, 1997

Vintage Port, Douro

1997 Dow's displays a dark ruby/purple colour, attractive liquorice, chocolate, and roasted coffee aromas, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a moderately tannic finish. This excellent vintage port should drink well until 2030+

Rating 90 Points Outstanding


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Price: $119.05 USD
Stock: 27 in Stock

Gould Campbell Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port, Douro

From a much underrated vintage and house, this is a truly excellent Vintage Port. Although hugely enjoyable now, this will fully reward a few more years of patience and can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Reviews
"Dark color. Very drinkable. The tannins have resolved, but the fruit is still quite strong. This is not yet at peak. Very good balance. Excellent wine!" Cellar Tracker
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Price: $80.19 USD
Stock: 12 in Stock

Martinez Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port , Douro

A classy Port, full-bodied and brimming with fruit flavour and silky, fine tannins that kick in on the finish. A subtle wine that takes you by surprise.

Tasting notes: Good aromas and flavours of pepper, raisin and ripe fruit in this young vintage Port. Medium-bodied, medium-sweet, with a fresh aftertaste.

Martinez Gassiot goes almost unnoticed in the Vintage Port circles, but the house often makes outstanding Ports that equal on better those of its sister house, Cockburn's Smithes.

Production of Martinez Vintage Port is limited, with only about 3,000 cases made in a declaration. Martinez include only one single quinta called Eira Velha, located west of Pinhão Valley, Eira Velha encompasses about 120 acres.
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Price: $80.19 USD
Stock: 9 in Stock

Niepoort Port, 1997

Vintage Port, Douro

One of the greatest wines in this brilliant vintage. "Niepoort is to vintage Port what Krug is to Champagne. They are both small houses in a world dominated by large competitors, but they are producing outstanding wines that very few can match." - James Suckling, Wine Spectator.


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Price: $119.05 USD
Stock: 4 in Stock

Quarles Harris Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port, Douro

Established in 1680, Quarles Harris became a subsidiary of Warre in 18th century. Since then, Quarles Harris has continued making good Ports under the Symington's ownership. Peter Symington, has a simple saying to remember about Quarles Harris: "Unless they are good we don't bottle them, having ensured that tradition and expertise is passed from generation to generation thus maintaining the excellent reputation of Quarles Harris.

An elegant, dense purple-colored offering, this 1997 offers up sweet aromas of melted licorice intermixed with blackberries, black raspberries, and cassis. Soft, precocious, and pure, this medium-bodied, suave, graceful port should be approachable in 4-5 years and last until 2040.
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Price: $78.92 USD
Stock: 17 in Stock

Quinta de la Rosa, 1997

Vintage Port, Douro

Quinta de La Rosa is a small estate in the heart of the Port wine-growing region in Alto Douro, near Pinhao, owned and operated by the Bergqvist family.

The Quinta and its vineyards were given to the Bergqvist family as a Christening present by the Feuerheerds, who established the property in 1906.

It remains one of the few Single Quinta where the vineyards start at the bank of the Douro and rise 450 meters to the towering top of the mountain. From the river's edge to the top, one passes through 11 different microclimates. This gives La Rosa great flexibility to add variety and complexity to its Ports.
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Price: $105.68 USD
Stock: 54 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Nacional, 1997

Nacional Vintage Port, Douro

Quinta do Noval is a much-venerated name in the Douro Valley and Nacional is undoubtedly one of the most legendary fortified wines in the world. It is produced from a small area at the heart of the Quinta do Noval vineyard planted with ungrafted vines that have remained untouched by Phylloxera and has an average production of between 250 and 275 cases. 1997 was widely considered to be an exceptional vintage for Ports of fabulous harmony and incredible structure.

1997 was the follow-up to the sublime 1994 and somewhat incredibly managed to ascend to even greater heights. A benchmark Nacional that will bring several decades of drinking pleasure.
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Price: $1,772.43 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Quinta do Passadouro, 1997

Vintage Port, Douro

"The 1997 is an elegant Port, though having some good depth. Its tannins were melted and some secondary flavours were already starting to show, the fruit was chaging from ripe plums to candied figs. It is reaching its 2nd plateau of maturity.
Passadouro is an early drinker but this 1997 is one of the good port wines they made in the 90's.
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Price: $93.57 USD
Stock: 5 in Stock

Ramos Pinto, 1997

Vintage Port, Douro
Presented in Wooden Gift Box
***93 Points - Robert parker***
Excellent Provenance

The 1997 Ramos Pinto vintage is a wine that is only produced in exceptional years. Selecting grapes from Quinta do Bom Retiro, Quinta da Urtiga and Quinta da Ervamoira, then fermenting in granite lagares. Enjoy this delicate, complex wine at a young age or when mature given its huge ageing potential. Deep red in colour with aromas of raspberries, raisins, figs, and prunes, and a touch of tobacco and spice. The palate is juicy and exceptionally smooth with dark berries, mocha, and chocolate flavours
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Price: $132.43 USD
Stock: 20 in Stock

Warre's Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port, Douro

“Aromas of minerals, berries and wet earth jump out of the glass. Full-bodied and very chewy, with lots of fruit and a long finish. A tough young wine. Warre is flexing its muscles here."
James Suckling , Wine Spectator 2000

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Price: $106.95 USD
Stock: 12 in Stock