2016 Port Vintage Report

The 2016 vintage port declaration came as no surprise given that the excellent 2015 vintage was passed over in favour of this vintage. The 2016 declaration is the first since the outstanding 2011 vintage and will inevitably draw comparisons. I have now had two tastings of the 2016, one in May and one in September. My overall impression is that the declaration is justified. The wines are lighter in body and at this stage in their evolution. Compared to the 2011 they are more nuanced and perhaps reflective of the winemaker’s skill and house style.

All of the major shippers declared the 2016. The yield is tiny as a cold and wet spring made for a tough start to the year. The very hot weather that followed hampered the ripening process as the vines shut down. The picking season was dry which meant that winemakers could pick the grapes at the optimum ripeness. Production release volumes are very small, for instance only 72 cases were released of the Nacional!

The reception for the 2016 vintage amongst critics has been very positive. James Suckling awarded the 2016 Taylor’s vintage port top marks (100 points). With most shippers such as Cockburn and Grahams scoring well into outstanding category. The ports although approachable in their youth, will be at their optimum between 2025 and 2060+. Prices are quite high for the premium brands due to small yields. However, there are some highly rated, lower cost wines from Skeffington, Burmester and Messias that represent an outstanding quality to price ratio.

In summary, this is a solid vintage declaration. Small production and high ratings make premium brands a solid investment that can be laid down for decades. Great value can be obtained searching out the lesser known producers. (TC – VWP)

45 products found.

Maynard's Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
***99 points- Wine Enthusiast***
***93 Points- Wine Advocate***

The Maynard 2016 Vintage Port is a beautiful balanced Port, Medium red. Smoky, high-toned aromas of cassis, marzipan and maple syrup. Smooth, fat and super ripe, with a generous texture and ample fruit.

As the wine ages it softens and slowly sheds its deep dark colour, gaining in structure and complexity. As Vintage Port throws a natural "crust or sediment in the bottle, it should be stood upright for 24 hours and decanted carefully before serving.
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Price: $73.51 USD
Stock: 52 in Stock

Quevedo, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
***93 Points- Wine Enthusiast***
***17.5/20 Points JancisRobinson.com***

The 2016 Quevedo Vintage Port Wine is a deep dark ruby with violet undertones, and the nose offers lush plum, grape and blueberry aromas supported by rich spice notes, a lovely combination of freshness and intensity. On the palate dense, powerful fruit and rich tannins are well balanced, robust and compact, just what you want for a classic Vintage Port.

Notes from Quevedo: "At this point it seems every year is an “atypical” year for weather in the Douro, and 2016 gave us challenges different from 2015’s atypical pattern. The winter months were warmer than usual and January and February wetter by far than the historical averages.
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Price: $70.83 USD
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Quinta da Devesa, 2016

Late Bottled Vintage Port, DOC Douro
Presented In Devesa Gift Box
***92 Points - Mark Squires ***
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The 2016 Late Bottled Vintage comes from a single year, a single harvest, with grapes grown exclusively on our estate. It ages four to six years in oak vats before bottling.
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The port is a blend of 35% each of Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, 15% Touriga Nacional and the rest a field blend from old vines. It was bottled unfiltered in 2021 after four years in wood with 118 grams of residual sugar and a long cork. Beautifully expressive, with ripe plums and a touch of strawberry, this is on the finessed side in terms of mouthfeel, but its elegance is easy to appreciate.
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Burmester, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
MAGNUM
***95 Points- Wine Enthusiast***
***18/20 Points- JancisRobinson.com***

The 2016 Burmester Vintage Port Wine is loaded with character and enormous ageing potential. From a fully declared year, this port is elegant and fragrant, with a touch of balsamic, a firm structure, aromas of ripe fruit and excellent acidity with a very long finish.

"High-toned style to this with plenty of fruit and chewy tannins. Full-bodied, medium sweet and chewy on the finish. Needs three or four years to soften. Try in 2023.”

Tasting notes by the winemaker Carlos Alves
Ruby colour. Exuberant aromas of red fruit, black currants, rock-rose and light peppermint notes. Extremely elegant and delicate, keeping with the profile of the house, it has firm structure, excellent flavours of ripe fruit and excellent acidity.
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Price: $172.56 USD
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Burmester, 2016

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Vintage Port, Douro
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***95 Points- Wine Enthusiast***
18/20 Points- JancisRobinson.com
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The 2016 Burmester Vintage Port Wine is loaded with character and enormous ageing potential. From a fully declared year, this port is elegant and fragrant, with a touch of balsamic, a firm structure, aromas of ripe fruit and excellent acidity with a very long finish.

"High-toned style to this with plenty of fruit and chewy tannins. Full-bodied, medium sweet and chewy on the finish. Needs three or four years to soften. Try in 2023.”

Tasting notes by the winemaker Carlos Alves
Ruby colour. Exuberant aromas of red fruit, black currants, rock-rose and light peppermint notes. Extremely elegant and delicate, keeping with the profile of the house, it has firm structure, excellent flavours of ripe fruit and excellent acidity.
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Price: $53.44 USD
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Calem Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
Presented in Original Gift Box
***90 Points - Wine Advocate***

The 2016 Calem Vintage port is subtle on the nose, with notes of very ripe black fruit, dark chocolate and spice. With a powerful and intense structure, it shows a balance between acidity and sweetness that confers creaminess and sophistication. A long finish, with lingering fruit, this port is for the long haul.
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Price: $80.19 USD
Stock: 50 in Stock

Kopke, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - 1x75cl Bottle
Presented in original Kopke Gift Box

The Kopke Vintage Port 2016 is firm, intense, crunchy, unctuous and fresh. It’s multi-layered in flavours, firm tannins and has an excellent balance between sweetness and acidity.

The winemaker Carlos Alves comments:
"A deep black colour. An intense and complex nose, laden with very ripe black fruit – plums, blackberries and cherries. Notes of cocoa, black pepper and a soft hint of violet. Unctuous and vigorous, it has several layers of flavours, firm tannins and excellent balance between sweetness and acidity. A long, deep and fresh finish."

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Price: $73.51 USD
Stock: 98 in Stock

Kopke, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - MAGNUM
Presented in original Kopke Gift Box
***91 Points - Robert Parker***
***17++ Points- JancisRobinson.com***

The Kopke Vintage Port 2016 is firm, intense, crunchy, unctuous and fresh. It’s multi-layered in flavours, firm tannins and has an excellent balance between sweetness and acidity.

The winemaker Carlos Alves comments:
"A deep black colour. An intense and complex nose, laden with very ripe black fruit – plums, blackberries and cherries. Notes of cocoa, black pepper and a soft hint of violet. Unctuous and vigorous, it has several layers of flavours, firm tannins and excellent balance between sweetness and acidity. A long, deep and fresh finish."
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Price: $133.10 USD
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Messias, 2016

Quinta Cachao Vintage Port, DOC Douro

2016 Vintage Port Wine from Messias
An exceptional value port from an outstanding year. Quinta do Cachão is a distinguished wine estate within the portfolio of Caves Messias. Located in the Douro Valley, the estate benefits from the region's prime terroir for producing high-quality Port wines. This vintage port is ready to open and enjoy now, however it will reward those who lay it in the cellar for another decade or two. Drinking window from 2026-2055+.

Tasting Notes
Deep ruby colour with intense aromatic personality of ripe blackberries, blossom and hints of fresh raspberries.
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Price: $66.22 USD
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Messias, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro

The 2016 vintage is recognized as an exceptional year for port, and the Messias Vintage Port from this year is expected to age well over the next few decades, developing more complexity and depth. Enjoy from 2026-2055+.

Tasting Notes
The Messias Vintage 2016 presents a deep red colour, black fruit aromas, with hints of violet and black pepper nuances. On the palate shows an explosion of ripe fruit combined with a strong freshness, with the tannins giving it a push into longevity. The wine finishes in a long satisfying aftertaste.

Serving and Food pairing
Vintage Ports pair well with rich foods such as blue cheeses, chocolate desserts, and chocolate covered fruit and nut.
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Price: $73.51 USD
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São Leonardo by Quinta do Mourao, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro

Dark red in colour. Very complex aromas of balsamic, dark fruits and notes of chocolate.
Full-bodied in the palate, dense and voluminous with a good acidity. Fresh and lively finish.



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Price: $120.32 USD
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Cockburn Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro -
*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
***18/20 Points- Jancis Robinson MW***
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This 2016 Vintage Port Wine comes from Cockburn's Port; a major brand in the 19th and early 20th century, and has now returned to the limelight with this sumptuous and beautifully complex vintage Port that has wine critics in raptures. Enjoy 2020-2050.


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Price: $132.43 USD
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Cockburn Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro -
Double Magnum 300cl
*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
***18/20 Points- Jancis Robinson MW***

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine comes from Cockburn's Port; a major brand in the 19th and early 20th century, and has now returned to the limelight with this sumptuous and beautifully complex vintage Port that has wine critics in raptures. Enjoy 2020-2050.


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Price: $795.92 USD
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Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
97 Points-James Suckling

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Croft has the elegance of a classic style. It has an opulent aromatic expression, exuding perfectly balanced pure fruit. The nose reveals a rich gourmet consisting of strawberry and blackcurrant jammy notes. With aeration, the nose further hints at herbal notes that signify the signature of old vines from Quinta da Roêda. Full of flavour, the palate opens with small red fruit and evolves with tight and fine-grained tannins that give it structure and volume. A great Vintage Port.

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points-Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91 Points-Derek
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Price: $80.19 USD
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Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro- MAGNUM
***97 Points-James Suckling***
***17/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Croft has the elegance of a classic style. It has an opulent aromatic expression, exuding perfectly balanced pure fruit. The nose reveals a rich gourmet consisting of strawberry and blackcurrant jammy notes. With aeration, the nose further hints at herbal notes that signify the signature of old vines from Quinta da Roêda. Full of flavour, the palate opens with small red fruit and evolves with tight and fine-grained tannins that give it structure and volume. A great Vintage Port.


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Price: $207.34 USD
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Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
**DOUBLE MAGNUM**
***97 Points-James Suckling***
***17/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Croft has the elegance of a classic style. It has an opulent aromatic expression, exuding perfectly balanced pure fruit. The nose reveals a rich gourmet consisting of strawberry and blackcurrant jammy notes. With aeration, the nose further hints at herbal notes that signify the signature of old vines from Quinta da Roêda. Full of flavour, the palate opens with small red fruit and evolves with tight and fine-grained tannins that give it structure and volume. A great Vintage Port.

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91
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Price: $367.86 USD
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Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro,/br> 1 x 37.5cl HALF Bottle

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine has the elegance of a classic style. It has an opulent aromatic expression, exuding perfectly balanced pure fruit. The nose reveals a rich gourmet consisting of strawberry and blackcurrant jammy notes. With aeration, the nose further hints at herbal notes that signify the signature of old vines from Quinta da Roêda. Full of flavour, the palate opens with small red fruit and evolves with tight and fine-grained tannins that give it structure and volume. A great Vintage Port.
***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91 Points-Derek
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Price: $46.75 USD
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Croft Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - 1x600cl Imperiale Bottle
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This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Croft has the elegance of a classic style. It has an opulent aromatic expression, exuding perfectly balanced pure fruit. The nose reveals a rich gourmet consisting of strawberry and blackcurrant jammy notes. With aeration, the nose further hints at herbal notes that signify the signature of old vines from Quinta da Roêda. Full of flavour, the palate opens with small red fruit and evolves with tight and fine-grained tannins that give it structure and volume. A great Vintage Port.

***97 Points-James Suckling***
***94 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***91
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Price: $795.92 USD
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Dow's, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***97 Points- Derek Smedley MW***
***19/20 Points- Richard Mayson***

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***97 Points- Derek Smedley MW***
***19/20 Points- Richard Mayson***

The first wine where the mineral characters really shout to be heard. There are herbs too and dark plum fruit. It’s fresh and weighty in the mouth; a port of real authority.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: $119.05 USD
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Dow's, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro- Half Bottle
***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***97 Points- Derek Smedley MW***
***19/20 Points- Richard Mayson***

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***97 Points- Derek Smedley MW***
***19/20 Points- Richard Mayson***

The 2016 Dow's Port is the first wine where the mineral characters really shout to be heard. There are herbs too and dark plum fruit. It’s fresh and weighty in the mouth; a port of real authority.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: $65.55 USD
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Dow's, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - Imperiale 6L )

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***97 Points- Derek Smedley MW***
***19/20 Points- Richard Mayson***

The 2016 Dow's Port is the first wine where the mineral characters really shout to be heard. There are herbs too and dark plum fruit. It’s fresh and weighty in the mouth; a port of real authority.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: $1,197.22 USD
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Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
***96-98 Points Wine Advocate-Parker***
***97 Points- Wine Enthusiast***

MAGNUM

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: $226.07 USD
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Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro 300cl
** DOUBLE MAGNUM **
**96-98 Points Wine Advocate-Parker***

A rare double Magnum Format

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: $454.81 USD
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Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port, Douro
1 x 600cl Imperial
***96-98 Points Wine Advocate-Parker***

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Fonseca is a very rare imperial.

Fonseca has announced that it has declared 2016 as a classic vintage. The announcement was made on 23rd April, 2018 in keeping with house tradition. Comments on the Fonseca 2016 Vintage Port are as follows:.

David Guimaraens, Head Wine Maker
Commenting on the viticultural year: "The harvest of 2016 will be remembered as having started very late. Fonseca's Quinta do Cruzeiro started picking right at the end of September and Quinta do Santo António at the beginning of October. This was due to the late start to the ripening season and to the long and very even maturation of the crop.
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Price: $1,063.46 USD
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Fonseca Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - 1x75cl Bottle
***96-98 Points Wine Advocate-Parker***

A hugely rich and profound Fonseca port. Massive concentration of sweet black fruits, spice then liquorice and chocolate. The finish of this colossus lasts over a minute. Complex and immensely dense. A blockbuster for the long term.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Price: $119.05 USD
Stock: 45 in Stock
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