2009 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port
Powerfully rich and refined, with plenty of grip behind the lip-smacking flavors of kirsch, dark plum, chocolate and boysenberry. Shows excellent balance as well, with a silky texture and a long, spicy finish that's accented with hints of licorice and cedar. Best from 2014 through 2034.
Rich wine, as befits a ripe year, full of damson jam and sweet tannins. Of course, it is still very young in a ripe fruity style. The structure is all there, ready for aging.
Produced since 1989, Quinta do Vesuvio is a single quinta port produced by the Symington family. Prior to that, this historical vineyard has long been known for the quality of its grapes, which were sold to other port houses. The 2009 vintage shows the classic combination of intense, spicy black and blue skinned fruits for which this quinta is so well known. Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Nacional vines range in age from 10 to 35 years, and, unusually for many port vineyards, are planted in their own rows (not interspersed amongst rows). This is a great vintage port to try for anyone interested in the specificity and individuality afforded by a single vineyard, vintage port wine.