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. These ports would make a brilliant 22 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary celebration this year.

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Cockburn Port, 1997

Vintage Port

Cockburn’s Vintage Ports are made both by foot treading in traditional open lagars, and in modern temperature controlled fermenters. Cockburn’s historically has declared vintages less often than other houses, selecting only those years that fit their more elegant style.

Wine Makers Notes 1997 was an excellent year in the Douro Valley. The harvest was one of the longest in living memory: at the far eastern extremities of the Upper Douro, picking began before the end of August and continued until the second week of October.

Press Quotes "Wine of the Week - A classic. Enjoy now or put away for another decade.
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Price: £64.95
Stock: 35 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1997

Vintage Port MAGNUM (1.5 L)

*** 93 Points Robert Parker ***

Deep inky ruby with a broad red rim just turning to brick at the edge. Generous and seductive nose redolent of blackcurrant and cherry. Dense, luscious black fruit laced with dark chocolate, liquorice and roasted coffee. Exotic herbal and resiny scents emerge an hour after decanting. Later the fruit becomes more luscious and creamier, with rich raspberry jam flavours overlaying the dark fruity base. The full round palate is supported by thick well-integrated tannins and delivers an abundance of luscious chocolate and blackcurrant flavour which lingers into the long velvety finish.
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Price: £184.95
Stock: 9 in Stock

Martinez Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port

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: £59.95
Stock: 23 in Stock

Messias Port, 1997

Quinta do Cachao Vintage Port

Very dark red almost black colour. The nose give a lot of intensity, jammy red bursts with red plum aromas. The palate is full, intense, rich, sweet with a lot of soft tannins and a good balance between sweetness and alcohol. Very lingering finish, robust and sweet.

75 cl
20% ABV
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

Quarles Harris Vintage Port, 1997

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Vintage Port
Special Offer | Was £69 | Now £45

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: £45.00
Stock: 39 in Stock

Quinta de la Rosa, 1997

Vintage Port
Special Offer | Was £59 | Now £35

La Rosa's classic house style achieved by slow maceration in traditional granite 'Lagares' has produced a wine full of luscious forward fruit with a very attractive nose and a long velvety slightly drier finish across the palate

La Rosa is a vertically integrated Quinta rising to 450 metres above sea level, boasting many hidden micro climates within its cirtilage. Where possible we vintage and mature these small 'lotes' separately in order to achieve the maximum complexity in the finished ports, which would not have been possible from a less diversely planted property.

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Price: £35.00
Stock: 56 in Stock

Quinta do Passadouro, 1997

Quinta do Passadouro, Vintage Port

"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: £69.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port

Quinta do Vesuvio's saturated blue/purple colour is dense. Impressive in the mouth, with full body, sweet creme de cassis and blackberry liqueur intermixed with smoke, earth, and spice, this sensual effort possesses elegance allied to power and authority. Complex, fat, rich, and intense, it is an exceptionally stylish, graceful effort.
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 7 in Stock

Ramos Pinto, 1997

Vintage Port in individual Wooden Gift Box

93 pts Robert Parker - Intense, with a very dense colour and delicate brownish reflections, characteristic of an evolution taking place in bottle. Appetising, fresh and alluring aroma, black plum, cassis, anise and tobacco notes and a slight touch of lavender. Creamy mouth, very aromatic, cocoa, cherry and pipe tobacco. It is refreshing without being heavy, good tannin structure and a long and aromatic finish.
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Price: £89.00
Stock: 13 in Stock

Warre's Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port (half Bottle 37.5cl)

“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: £36.95
Stock: 23 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1997

Vintage Port

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: £69.95
Stock: Out of Stock

Feuerheerd Port, 1997

Feuerheerd's Porto Vintage 1997

Grape Varieties:
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and Rufete

Port from a single exceptional harvest may be declared as a "Vintage". Bottled after spending between two to three years in wood, the wine continues to m ature in bottle until it is ready to drink In some cases, this may take two decades or more.

Tasting Notes
Feuerheerd's Vintage with a strong ruby-like colour with a violet shades, has a very fresh aromas, notes of mint and wild berries. On the palate, is full bodied with strong tannins, well rounded and elegant. Long-lasting finish.

Suggestions:
Perfect Port wine to accompany goat cheeses or typical Portuguese buttery cheese, ice-cream or simply as a digestif.
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Price: £54.95
Stock: Out of Stock

Fonseca Port, 1997

Vintage Port

*** 93 Points Robert Parker ***
Deep inky ruby with a broad red rim just turning to brick at the edge. Generous and seductive nose redolent of blackcurrant and cherry. Dense, luscious black fruit laced with dark chocolate, liquorice and roasted coffee. Exotic herbal and resiny scents emerge an hour after decanting. Later the fruit becomes more luscious and creamier, with rich raspberry jam flavours overlaying the dark fruity base. The full round palate is supported by thick well-integrated tannins and delivers an abundance of luscious chocolate and blackcurrant flavour which lingers into the long velvety finish.
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Price: £84.95
Stock: Out of Stock