1995 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port

SKU #240063 95 points Wine Spectator

 ***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)  (4/1998)

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.  (4/1998)

K&L Notes

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."

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- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
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- Port is a fortified wine made by stopping the fermentation with brandy. The result is a heavy sweet wine, most often red, that is dense, rich and high in alcohol. Port is made all over the world with some great results in Australia and South Africa, but the most famous of these dessert wines come from Portugal. The great port houses (or lodges) are located along the Duoro River on the steep slate slopes high above the valley floor. There are several styles of port, including Ruby, Tawny, Vintage Character, Late Bottle Vintage, Colheita, and Single Quinta. Vintage ports are made in special years that the houses declare. View our bestselling Port.