2016 Port Vintage Report

2016-vintage-port 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.

Graham's Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
***99 Points-Derek Smedley MW***
***96 Points-Neal Martin, Vinous.com***
***19/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
***99 Points-Derek Smedley MW***
***96 Points-Neal Martin, Vinous.com***
***19/20 Points-Richard Mayson***

A quite brilliant Graham’s, one of the ports of the vintage, with fantastically clear cut, leafy black berry and blackcurrant aromas, fabulous sweetness on the palate, but also lift and elegance. “I think this could be one of the best we’ve ever made” Paul Symington told us. “on a par with the ’63, ’70 and ‘94”. Seriously deep and resonant, with palate staining richness that moves from blackcurrant to plum, then to chocolate and cherry on an exceptionally long finish.
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Price: $129.23 USD
Stock: 12 in Stock

Graham's Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - MAGNUM
***Presented in Original Graham's Wooden Case***
*** 99 Points - James Suckling ***
***99 Points-Derek Smedley MW***

A quite brilliant Graham’s, one of the ports of the vintage, with fantastically clear cut, leafy black berry and blackcurrant aromas, fabulous sweetness on the palate, but also lift and elegance. “I think this could be one of the best we’ve ever made” Paul Symington told us. “on a par with the ’63, ’70 and ‘94”. Seriously deep and resonant, with palate staining richness that moves from blackcurrant to plum, then to chocolate and cherry on an exceptionally long finish.
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Price: $233.66 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Messias, 2016

Quinta Cachao Vintage Port, DOC Douro

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Messias is an exceptional value port from an outstanding year!

Caves Messias is an historic family owned company that produced high quality port since 1926. Under their care and attention they have become renown for the quality of their colheitas and vintage ports at a competitive price. The grapes coming from their Quinta do Cachao Quinta do Rei Estates.

Reviews:
"With a dark red colour, this Vintage Port has an intense personality, with ripe berries aromas, jam and hints of blackberries while young, turning to a complex bouquet and full of tertiary aromas with the ageing.
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Price: $64.62 USD
Stock: 14 in Stock

Messias, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Messias is an exceptional value port from an outstanding year!

Caves Messias is an historic family owned company that produced high quality port since 1926. Under their care and attention they have become renown for the quality of their colheitas and vintage ports at a competitive price. The grapes coming from their Quinta do Cachao Quinta do Rei Estates.

Reviews:
"With a dark red colour, this Vintage Port has an intense personality, with ripe berries aromas, jam and hints of blackberries while young, turning to a complex bouquet and full of tertiary aromas with the ageing.
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Price: $71.73 USD
Stock: 32 in Stock
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Niepoort Port, 2016

Bioma Vinha Velha, DOC Douro 1 x 75cl Bottle

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Dirk Niepoort has bucked the trend by not offering a 'Standard' 2016 Vintage Port. He has chosen to release a 2016 Niepoort Bioma Vinha Velha. This is his single vineyard release from his ancient and emblematic Pisca vineyard.

The Pisca vineyard has always played an important part in making Niepoort vintage port, and used to be blended entirely in. Most of the vines in Pisca (a field blend of the classic port varieties, and a few wild cards) exceed 80 years in age. All the components for the 2016 Bioma Vinha Velha Vintage Porto were trodden by foot in circular granite lagares at the Vale de Mendiz Port winery.
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Price: $124.01 USD
Stock: 6 in Stock

Offley Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
Presented in Offley Gift Box
***93 Points- Wine Enthusiast***

The 2016 Offley Vintage Port Wine is a floral, aromatic port bursting with juicy dark forest fruit and hints of sweet spice. The lively acidity balancing the sweetness and the flavour intensity alongside the long finish suggest this is a powerful example of a port from a fully declared and exceptional vintage.






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Price: $78.26 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Offley Port, 2016

Late Bottled Vintage Port, DOC Douro
Includes Offley Presentation Box

This 2016 Late bottled Vintage Port Wine from Offley is deep ruby in colour. Intense notes of plum and black cherry are pronounced on the nose, along with chocolate notes and hints of cedar and pepper spices from maturation in oak vats. This is a smooth, rich wine with structured tannins, balanced acidity and a harmonious finish.

LBV Ports are made to be early drinking examples of top vintage Ports and as such have an intense structure and fruit flavour. Bottled after two more years in cask than Vintage, the wine is from one single harvest and indicative of the year in which it is made.
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Price: $28.00 USD
Stock: 9 in Stock

Quinta de la Rosa, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC 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: $78.26 USD
Stock: 35 in Stock

Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - 1x75cl Bottle

The 2016 Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port Wine is from this historic Douro estate is a rich yet elegant wine with immediate appeal but longevity. The flavour profile shows lifted ripe red fruit aromas with delicious supple flavours of strawberry and raspberry. There is an interesting mineral streak, backed up by dry tannins that give the wine balance and structure. The finish is long bursting with juicy sweet forest fruit and spicy undertones

Quinta de Roriz is one of the oldest estates in the Douro and it was one of the first to sell wine under its own name. This is the second declared Vintage Port made at Quinta de Roriz by the Prats & Symington partnership, since taking ownership of the historic property in 2009.
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Price: $86.16 USD
Stock: 25 in Stock
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Quinta do Noval Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro

The 2016 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Wine is a blockbuster! Rated as outstanding by critics, this port is bursting with ripe blackberry, dark cherries and delicious red fruit. The port shows great balance, complexity and poise. All the elements are in place for a classic vintage port that will be at its best between 2024 and 2050+

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: $116.18 USD
Stock: 57 in Stock

Quinta do Vesuvio, 2016

"Capela" Vintage Port, DOC Douro - 1x75cl Bottle

The 2016 Vesuvio Capela displays a luxuriously perfumed and seductive nose. Impressive aromatics revealing lavender, rockrose and eucalyptus. Very substantial on the palate, with remarkable structure showing great refinement. Precise, fresh and multi-dimensional. An inspirational wine.

The Capela do Vesuvio is only made in years when truly exceptional wines are produced. The debut Capela vintage was the 2007; an outstanding wine which was widely acclaimed and swiftly sold out. The 2011 is of equal quality and recently, the 2016 vintage, offers a vintage port of inexpressible quality and complexity.
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Price: $220.61 USD
Stock: 2 in Stock

Quinta do Vesuvio, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - 1x600cl Bottle
Presented in Own Wooden Case

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine is hailed as the Quinta of all Quintas! The Vesuvio's special reputation for producing outstanding wines goes back into the nineteenth century, when the Viscount of Villa Maior wrote, “All this wine is made scrupulously and to perfection… this Quinta was made as if for princes…”. It is a powerhouse wine with fresh, dark fruit aromas, rounded off with some lovely esteva (rockrose) and violets fragrance. Taught and muscular in the mouth with good grip from the schist tannins. The finish is long and intense with superb structure.
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Price: $959.46 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Quinta do Vesuvio, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - 1x75cl Bottle

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine is hailed as the Quinta of all Quintas! The Vesuvio's special reputation for producing outstanding wines goes back into the nineteenth century, when the Viscount of Villa Maior wrote, “All this wine is made scrupulously and to perfection… this Quinta was made as if for princes…”.It is a powerhouse wine with fresh, dark fruit aromas, rounded off with some lovely esteva (rockrose) and violets fragrance. Taught and muscular in the mouth with good grip from the schist tannins. The finish is long and intense with superb structure.
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Price: $91.31 USD
Stock: 14 in Stock
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Sandeman, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro
99 Points Wine Enthusiast

The 2016 Sandeman Vintage Port Wine returns to its glory. With an opaque with an almost black colour the wine has an intense, complex aroma. Ripe black fruit, cocoa and chocolate flavours continue on to the palate where floral notes of rockrose are apparent in a long, lingering finish. Firm tannins, full-bodied and with fresh acidity it has structure that will allow the wine to age comfortably for decades.
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Price: $129.23 USD
Stock: 56 in Stock

Skeffington Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - 1x75cl Bottle

The 2016 Skeffington Vintage Port Wine is a fabulous value vintage port made by the Fladgate Partnership (Owners of Taylors and Fonseca) from the outstanding 2016 vintage. It has a very pure bouquet with scents of macerated dark cherries, kirsch, marmalade and iodine and a lush, open personality that unfolds nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft-textured entry. It is very pure, forward and welcoming even at this nascent stage, with a nutty seam underlying the sweet black currant and dark plum fruit. The 2016 Skeffington has a pleasant symmetry towards the raisin-infused finish.
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Price: $56.07 USD
Stock: 24 in Stock
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Taylor's Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - MAGNUM
***96 Points- RobertParker.com***
***18 Points -Jancis Robinson***

The 2016 Taylor's classic Vintage Port is deep purple black with a narrow magenta rim. High notes of pure, intense woodland fruit with lively accents of green apple, fresh plum and raspberry. Around this core of bright, singing fruit is a heady aura of gumcistus and wild herbs. On a deeper register, exotic notes of cedarwood and jasmine provide an additional dimension of complexity. The wine has an attractive leanness and muscularity with sinewy, linear tannins that integrate seamlessly into the mid palate and then re-emerge to hold the wine in a confident grip. Energised by a racy acidity, the intense berry flavours continue to build into the long finish.
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Price: $215.39 USD
Stock: 10 in Stock

Taylor's Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - Half Bottle 37.5cl

The 2016 Taylor's classic Vintage Port is deep purple black with a narrow magenta rim. High notes of pure, intense woodland fruit with lively accents of green apple, fresh plum and raspberry. Around this core of bright, singing fruit is a heady aura of gumcistus and wild herbs. On a deeper register, exotic notes of cedarwood and jasmine provide an additional dimension of complexity. The wine has an attractive leanness and muscularity with sinewy, linear tannins that integrate seamlessly into the mid palate and then re-emerge to hold the wine in a confident grip. Energised by a racy acidity, the intense berry flavours continue to build into the long finish.
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Price: $64.62 USD
Stock: 30 in Stock

Taylor's Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - DOUBLE MAGNUM 1x 300cl

Taylor's 2016 Vintage Port Wine; A chance to own a very rare format double magnum.

The 2016 Taylor's classic Vintage Port is deep purple black with a narrow magenta rim. High notes of pure, intense woodland fruit with lively accents of green apple, fresh plum and raspberry. Around this core of bright, singing fruit is a heady aura of gum cistus and wild herbs. On a deeper register, exotic notes of cedar wood and jasmine provide an additional dimension of complexity. The wine has an attractive leanness and muscularity with sinewy, linear tannins that integrate seamlessly into the mid palate and then re-emerge to hold the wine in a confident grip.
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Price: $607.00 USD
Stock: 2 in Stock

Burmester, 2016

Late Bottled Vintage Port, DOC Douro
***94 Points Wine Spectator***
Presented in Gift Tube

The 2016 Burmester Late Bottled Vintage Port has an attractive and intense violet colour. Fresh and delicate nose, where notes of wild fruit are combined with balsamic notes of eucalyptus and mint. On the palate it is velvet, soft and structured, integrating the steam of the wild fruit with a long and delicious finish.

Winemaking:
Hand-picked at the optimum time, the grapes are then destemmed, crushed and converted into wine through a process of careful maceration to extract their colour, tannins and aromas, enhanced by constant churning during fermentation. This takes place in vats (lagares) at a controlled temperature (between 28-30°C) until the right degree of sweetness (baumé) is achieved.
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Price: $31.26 USD
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Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port, 2016

Vintage Port, DOC Douro - 1x75cl Bottle

The 2016 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port Wine is brimming with aromas suggesting bergamot and tea-leaf, as well as floral aromas of rockrose and violets. Substantial on the palate, showing ripe, black fruit and liquorice. The seamless, peppery tannins give freshness and excellent structure.

Smith Woodhouse is a specialist producer of premium quality Ports which showcase an outstanding length and structure. Its Vintage Ports show a characteristic opulent rich style, balanced by firm hard tannins. Ageing gives these wines an unmatched elegance.The uniformity of this quality is underpinned by Smith Woodhouse's own Madalena vineyard from where the wines are largely sourced.
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Price: $65.20 USD
Stock: Out of Stock