(From 2011 Vintage) Extremely floral and fruity with hints of lilacs and crushed fruit. Full body with refined tannins integrated with a solid core of fruit, and a rich, round texture. This is lightly sweet and follows through to a long, long finish.
Two or three times a decade, Warre's judge that their wines are of such outstanding quality that they merit consideration to be 'declared' a vintage.
When such a wine becomes available it is sure to be a leader in its field. Warre's principal objective is to produce a vintage Port that continues the same superb reputation created by the great Warre's vintages of previous generations.
Wines of this quality are made using the traditional treading techniques that have not changed in 2000 years, producing wines with intense colour and flavour. Selected from a number of top quality vineyards, including Warre's own Quinta da Cavadinha, the company's Vintage Port is aged in wooden cask for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered using a normal driven cork.
Wine & SpiritsEmphasizing freshness, based as it is on a good proportion of the floral and earlier maturing touring Francesa, Warrersquo;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 Warrersquo;s is a comfort food, like potatoes with caviar, immensely satisfying and supremely elegant is its simple lines. And this rsquo;97 is quite a perfect Warrersquo;s.
Robert ParkerRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 107
Wine AdvocateRating: 94/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 107 on Oct-96
Wine SpectatorRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/30/97