(2012 Vintage) Quinta de Vargellas is pre-eminent among the wine estates of the Douro. Located in the wild and hilly eastern reaches of the valley, it has been prized as a source of the finest ports since the 1820s. Today it ranks among the great vineyards of the world. The elegant and finely constituted wines of Vargellas are remarkable for their complex fruit, their distinctive scented quality and their well integrated sinewy tannins. These are most clearly discernible in the Quinta de Vargellas single estate Vintage Ports with their hallmark fragrance. However, in declared years, they also help define the personality of the classic Taylor Vintage Ports in which the finest wines of Vargellas are blended with those of Quinta de Terra Feita and also, in recent years, of Quinta do Junco. However, the wine which represents the quintessence of the terroir of Vargellas is the rare Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port, made in very small quantities from the very oldest vines on the property.
International Wine Cellar(1995 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Mar-98
Wine Spectator(1995 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/30/98
Wine Spectator(1996 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/28/99
Wine Spectator(1998 Vintage) Dark ruby in color. Inky. Shows crushed berry, wet earth, stem and mineral aromas. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness and a long, caressing finish.
Wine Spectator(1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/28/01