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 23 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary celebration this year.

11 products found.

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: 26 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: 7 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: 7 in Stock

Pocas Port, 1997

Colheita (Single Harvest) Port
Includes Pocas open Gift Box

Medium intensity garnet colour with aromas of raisins, prunes, hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, chocolate, oak, bitter orange, licorice and sweet spices. On the palate it is sweet, with medium body and medium acidity, soft tannins, lots of dried fruit and sweet spices.

Auburn color. Aroma of nuts and light smoke. Palate with high quality tannins and a long aromatic persistence.-92 pts Wine Spectator -
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Price: £35.79
Stock: 9 in Stock

Quarles Harris Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port

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: £59.00
Stock: 33 in Stock

Quinta de la Rosa, 1997

Vintage Port

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: £59.00
Stock: 11 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: 4 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: 2 in Stock

Ramos Pinto, 1997

Vintage Port

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: £84.99
Stock: 18 in Stock

Sandeman Port, 1997


Vau vintage 1997 (Half Bottles)

Vau Vintage 1997 is a Port with a deep, almost opaque, red color, with intense aromas of fresh red fruits, especially plum and strawberry. This Vintage reveals soft tannins that provide it a firm structure, allowing it to age over several years. The balance between the fruity taste and the softness of the tannins, provide a long and elegant finish.
A Port of exceptional quality and modern style that can be enjoyed young or after a few years of aging in bottle, developing rich and complex aromas over the years.
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Price: £22.95
Stock: Out of Stock