1992 Quinta do Infantado "Estate Bottled" Vintage Port

SKU #240033 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There were only 1,000 cases produced of the 1992 Vintage Port, and they are not likely to languish on retailers' shelves. A saturated, black/purple color is followed by a huge, ripe, pure nose of jammy blackberry and cassis fruit that is vaguely reminiscent of such great 1990 Hermitages as Chapoutier's Le Pavillon, Jaboulet's La Chapelle, or Chave's red label Cuvee Cathelin. Awesome concentration, massive body, an unctuous texture oozing with fruit, glycerin, and extract, and a blockbuster finish all suggest this will be a monumental port. (RP)  (2/1995)

90 points Wine Spectator

 The best ever made at this estate and one to watch in the future. Like a lagar full of grapes fermenting; big and powerful tar and raisin character. Full-bodied, sweet, tannic, in an extracted style. (JS)  (6/1995)


 Good deep, opaque colour. Ripe, vibrant, plummy aromas. Very attractive palate - quite rich, dense, perppery fruit and tannins with good purity and definition leading to a bittersweet finish. This has real integrity. *Expert's Choice. Highly Recommended*

K&L Notes

An independent bottling that avoids the constrictions of the major Port houses' heavier styles. Lighter in character by choice, this port wine is easier to appreciate and has a more forward palate. The Lopes Roseira family began bottling their own port in 1979 even while continuing to sell some of their annual production to Taylor and Sandeman, a practice that continued past the 1992 vintage. One of only five independent single quinta producers in 1992, this wine was bottled at the estate in Portugal.

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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.


- 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.