Vintage Port is one of the most long-lived wines in the world. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait to enjoy it. With a cheese board, with dessert, even with your main course, there’s a place at your table for Vintage Port this fall.
For holiday parties, family feasts, fall suppers or quiet moments, Vintage Port can be your go-to staple, that special something you can call on to cozy-up crisp autumn nights.
Lush fruit, silky tannins and perfect balance—all these traits have come together in the 2011 Vintage Ports. High scores and huge praise have been heaped on these wines, with some critics calling it the best vintage in the last 20 years. Comparisons are being drawn between the 2011s and some of the legendary vintages of the century: 1994, 1963 and the celebrated 1945 vintage.
David Guimaraens, chief winemaker at Taylor Fladgate, says the 2011s stand out because of the “purity of the fruit and the quality of the tannins, which are silky and well-integrated, but provide plenty of structure.”
The quality of the 2011 vintage is due in part to the weather in the Douro Valley, Portugal: a rainy winter, dry spring, with almost drought-like heat in the summer. This was punctuated by a few near-catastrophic storms, including a hail storm. But late-August rain and a summer-like September spawned this “miracle vintage” that is now getting so much attention.
If you’re a collector, this clutch of vintage ports will last 20, 30, 40 years and longer in your cellar — or, you can try it right now. And if you’re a new convert, fortified wine of this calibre is your next, natural step to fully mastering the enjoyment of wine. Try a glass of port on for size, and you’ll wear it for life.