1998 Churchill "Quinta da Agua Alta" Vintage Port

SKU #1007912 90 points Wine Spectator

 Big, juicy Port. Black color. Lots of prune and wet earth aromas. Full-bodied, with big, soft tannins, sweet fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Churchill strikes big. Best after 2008. (JS)  (2/2001)

Wine Enthusiast

 Here’s a straight-ahead Port that holds nothing back. It’s sweet, with defined full-bore black fruit. It’s nicely balanced, with creamy mild chocolate propped up by bright acidity. It is also easy to drink now, which is no small accomplishment for a baby vintage Port. (MS)  (11/2002)

K&L Notes

Agua Alta is a single-quinta bottling which represents an important terroir for the Churchill estate. It would be included in the estate's vintage port in declared vintages, but is special enough to bottle separately in non-declared vintages.

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