An excellent year. A wine with great grip and backbone. One of the three or four best Vintages since 1945. Will become ready to drink in the late 1990s.
Wine & SpiritsEmphasizing freshness, based as it is on a good proportion of the floral and earlier maturing touring Francesa, Warre's is the most forward and fruit-driven of the Symington wines. Early maturing, in this case, is a relative concept. Francesa is flattering when young, giving this wine a layered aroma and refined balance, pretty, seamless and bright. It finishes with raspberry and treacle flavors, smoky as blackberry tea. This Warre's is a comfort food, like potatoes with caviar, immensely satisfying and supremely elegant is its simple lines. And this '97 is quite a perfect Warre's.
Robert ParkerThis house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop, and while they never quite have the voluptuous richness of a Dow, Graham, or Fonseca, they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1977 is quite powerful, very deep and intense, particularly for Warre. ”
Wine SpectatorDeep garnet. Very pretty plum and berry aromas, with hints of honey and toffee. Turns to custard. Full-bodied, sweet and fresh. Firm tannins, with elegance and balance. Will age for a long time, but ready. Generous, but subtle. ’77/’85/’97 blind Port retrospective. Drink now. -JS