2011 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port

SKU #1141263 98 points Wine Spectator

 An elegant style, full of well-spiced, juicy flavors of raspberry, boysenberry and blueberry that extend with lively acidity and well-integrated tannins. Unctuous and succulent on the finish, which oozes with molten chocolate. Best after 2025.  (10/2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Red and black berries bring out the richness of the year, masking the seriously tannic structure. The wine has great spice, richness and a dark, smoky core of powerful tannins. For long-term aging, but delicious now.  (10/2013)

95 points James Suckling

 Aromas of flowers and berries with hints of dried fruits. Full body, medium sweet with solid tannins and a powerful palate. This goes on for minutes. Extremely well-made. 1,250 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Better in 2022.  (5/2013)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Quinta do Vesuvio has a primal bouquet with heady scents of macerated dark cherries, boysenberry jam and a slight fug of alcohol that should be integrated by the time of bottling. The palate is very rounded with sweet ripe tannins, plenty of raisin-tinged black fruit, and delicate touches of cracked black pepper and shaved ginger on the cohesive finish. This is a superb Quinta do Vesuvio.  (6/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, deep ruby. Knockout perfume nose combines blackberry, blueberry, licorice and violet, conveying an impression of sweetness and energy. Savory and gripping on the palate, with a primary sweetness to the fresh black cherry and dark berry flavors. Wonderfully smooth already and very rich and long on the aftertaste. Will rely as much on its sound acidity as on its well-integrated tannins for longevity.  (12/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Treacle and firm on the nose -- so noble! Rich and sweet and flattering on the palate. Gosh this is gorgeous. It may open a little bit before some of the others but it's just classic. So beautifully made. 18.5/20 points. Drink 2022-2045.  (5/2013)

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