1995 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port
***Cellar Selection and Ranked #4 of Top 100 of 1998*** A ripe and rich '95 boasting a remarkable essence of crushed berries, this is classic Port. It's full-bodied and quite sweet, with the velvetiest of tannins and a long, long ripe fruit finish. At its best after 2008. (JS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Spicy aromas of cassis, mint and apple. Moderately sweet, shapely and rather subdued, but with lovely vinosity. The acids have not yet been completely integrated. Finishes with cassis and mint flavors. Vinous and sophisticated, but not nearly as complex or concentrated as the superb '94.
This was a warm vintage and Vesuvio picked about two weeks earlier than normal. The winery's tasting notes: "The wine is rich, dark and concentrated; it has aromas of violets and "esteva" (rock rose) and is very smooth and elegant on the palate. The 1995 Vesuvio will rank as one of the Quinta’s finest Vintages. All the wine made at Vesuvio was trodden by foot in the Quinta’s ancient lagares."