The 2017 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port was picked from August 28, the earliest on record and the Symingtons single out the Touriga Franca as the foundation of its quality for imparting all-important freshness. It has a fragrant and more floral bouquet compared to its peers, not as intense as either Warre’s and Cockburn’s with scents of blackcurrant, Medjool dates, raspberry preserve and raisin, well defined, although you are convinced that this Vesuvio is holding something back. The palate is smooth with lace-like tannin, very well judged acidity, quite powerful and dense with a voluminous black plum and blackcurrant finish with hints of espresso and mint. This is a fine Vesuvio although, it lacks the profundity of its peers in this vintage. Total production 1,200 cases.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2019|
Finished aromas of crushed berry, graphite and stone. Full body, very sweet with a tangy almost sweet and sour character. Distinct flavors of dried oranges and dark berries. Medium tannin structure. Very ripe yet fresh. Try in 2025.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2019|
The 2017 Vintage Port is a blend of 33% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 15% Sousão and 12% Alicante Bouschet, plus miscellaneous others filling out the blend. This was bottled about a month before tasting after 18 months in seasoned vats, but the just-bottled sample was not really ready. This was instead a pre-bottling sample. It comes in with 115 grams of residual sugar. 2030 - 2075
|Score: 97/99||Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (July 2019 ), July 2019|
Very deep purploe in colour, with a powerful nose of roasted coffee, toast, and wild black fruits. The palate is very spicy, with piquant black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg to the fore. There is lift and reginement, with an elegance and vibrancy in acidity and tempered sweetness. The tannins are succulent and ripe, integrating well into the fruit at this early stage. Long and fine on the finish.
|Score: 17.5+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, June 2019|
A blend of the Tourigas with Sousão, Alicante Bouschet and Tinta Amarela: very different from the other Symington estate wines, lifted and aromatic on the nose with a touch of green leaf and ginger (Land of Green Ginger?) with a wild, herbal edge; lovely freshness on the palate, all the way through, not especially big with peppery tannins but showing near perfect purity, leading to a long linear finish. Should be approachable early but will last the course.
|Score: 17.5+||Richard Mayson, richardmayson.com, May 2019|