2003 Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port

SKU #1076463 97 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas of licorice, blackberries and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with light sweetness and an incredible core of gorgeous raspberry fruit. Long finish. Another 1865 Roriz in the making? (JS)  (4/2006)

95 points Wine & Spirits

 Roriz is located on the south bank of the Douro, just east of Pinhão, a vineyard farmed by João van Zeller, whose family has owned the quinta for six generations. The vineyard produced fruit with an explosive power in 2003, layers of black cherry, blueberry, blackberry and esteva, all concentrated and fresh without a hint of super-ripeness. Pull back the purple velvet curtains of that youthful fruit and there's a substantial tannic structure, a gritty, complex bitter chocolate flavor that holds the fruit in play for over a minute after each sip. Thoroughly delicious, with a long life ahead. Drink 2025-'40.  (12/2005)

Jancis Robinson

 Purplish crimson. with blue highlights. Unusually floral nose. Big broad sweet hit and then a massive charge of fine, inky tannins. Slightly spindly but elegant. Refreshing level of acidity. A certain graininess of texture. From the Symington stable. 17/points  (5/2005)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dark-colored 2003 Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port bursts from the glass with loads of flowers, smoky oak, and black cherries. Sweet, creamy, and satin-textured, this medium to full-bodied effort is pure, packed with fruit, and harmonious. Copious quantities of blackberries, blueberries, and black cherries are found throughout its expressive personality as well as in its long, flavorful, and seamless finish. Projected maturity: 2020-2030+. (PR)  (10/2005)

Vinous

 Saturated ruby. Superripe, floral aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and menthol. Sweet and roasted on the palate; just this side of pruney, but also perked up by surprisingly firm acidity. The fairly thick, sweet flavors of cherry candy, blackberry and cassis show very good but not outstanding concentration. Finishes with a hint of dryness and good length. (ST)  (1/2006)

Wine Enthusiast

 0 Jointly owned by the Symington family and João van Zeller, this Port is charming, with balanced, attractive, open fruit. If there is a touch of greenness in the wine from the tannins, it is still going to be a delicious Port. (RV)  (11/2005)


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Portugal

- 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.
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Port

- 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.