Offer of 2012 Quinta Ports

 
The 2012 Quinta Ports are showing wonderfully pure, vibrant fruit which often results from a cool ripening season giving the wines remarkable elegance and poise. 2012 was the second driest year in the Douro valley since records began in 1967. Above average temperatures in June were followed by more moderate ones in July & August, resulting in a gradual ripening of the fruit. But the prevailing drought conditions meant yields were around 30% lower than normal. These unusual conditions produced wines which show excellent concentration and balanced pure fruit.
 
 
Quinta do Noval
Christian Seely, Managing Director: “In 2012, thanks to plenty of essential rain through the spring, and then a very dry summer we were able to produce a very small quantity of truly exceptional Port that we considered worthy of a Vintage declaration. Following strict selection of lots in the tasting room, we made just 1000 cases”.
Antonio Agrellos wine-making director: “A wonderful balance of concentration and delicacy, complex aromas of violets and cedar overlay a core of fruit with purity and freshness.”
 
2012 Quinta do Noval ~ £225ib per 6 bottles
92 points – Wine Advocate (Aug 2014) Lucid purple/ruby in colour, the first thing to strike you is the purity on the nose. There is a surfeit of fresh fig, prune and raisin that actually brings to mind a more tempered Fonseca. It is beautifully defined, not the most complex Noval, but seemingly approachable just like the 2011. The palate is well endowed with plenty of tangy, very spicy dark plums and blackcurrant fruit, a healthy dash of cracked black pepper and a very animated, attacking finish that is determined to make an impression, if not to be overshadowed by the 2011. This is a superb addition to recent Noval releases, one that I perhaps would broach earlier than others. Just 1,000 cases for this limited release. Drink 2020-2035+
 
 
Symington
The Symington Family says “The Quinta do Vesuvio 2012 Vintage Port is deep purple-black and inky in the glass, indicative of a voluptuous, blockbuster wine. It denotes opulence on the nose, with the richness and ripe blackberry aromas of the predominant Touriga Nacional. This is balanced with the distinctive minerality and floral fragrance of the Touriga Franca. It has good structure and smooth tannins. The Tinta Amarela gives the wine soft, velvety feel on the palate.
 
2012 Quinta do Vesuvio ~ £185ib per 6 bottles
Vesuvio 2012 is made from a combination of the star performers of the vintage: the very concentrated Touriga Nacional (60%) and Touriga Franca (25%). The final wine includes 10% of the Tinta Amarela variety (from old vines over 40yo), which produces excellent wines that have smooth tannins, a dark chocolate aroma and are velvety in the mouth. Sousão makes up the remaining 5%.
90 points – Wine Advocate (Aug 2014) The 2012 Quinta do Vesuvio is actually quite reserved for an infant Vesuvio with broody and introspective black fruit, cassis, orange essence, clear honey and cloves. It is well-defined but takes more coaxing than Dow’s Senhora da Ribeira. The palate is well-defined with fine tannins and a slightly grainy texture. Good weight here, perhaps more structure than the aforementioned Senhora, adorned with an animated black pepper and clove-driven finish. Give this masculine Vesuvio at least four to five years in bottle. Drink 2018-2030+
 
2012 Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira ~ £150ib per 6 bottles
Exceptionally aromatic with aromas of violets, which is typical of Dow’s Vintage Ports coming from the south facing Touriga Franca vineyards (45%), which in 2012 achieved perfect ripeness. There are also hints of blackberry, blackcurrant and black plum on the nose. Notes of Esteva (rock-rose) are also present, the result of the Touriga Nacional (35%), which often expresses these scents. This is a vibrant wine, already quite complex and subtle. There is some spice from the relatively high proportion of Sousão (20%). This is balanced with fresh acidity and minerality. On the palate the hallmark Dow’s drier style shows through in the long finish and ripe but firm tannins.
89 points – Wine Advocate (Aug 2014) The 2012 Senhora da Ribeira has an opaque colour. The nose displays a lot of primal sucrose with crème de cassis, iodine and whole bunches of violets, later boysenberry jam – all very precocious and seductive. The palate is sweet on the entry, a soft and sensual fortified that gently builds in the mouth toward a harmonious finish of blackcurrant, black pepper, sage and Chinese five-spice. This is a clever release from this undeclared year. Drink 2018-2030+
 
The Symington Ports will be packed in a 6-bottle wooden presentation case. If you need longevity from a 2012 wine then you could do no better than lay down these excellent 2012 Quinta Ports –perfect for celebrating anniversaries.
 
 
The Fladgate Partnership
Adrian Bridge, Managing Director: “Vargellas has attractive crisp acidity and expresses the Vargellas terroir with great precision. Roêda is particularly elegant and has seductive ripe fruitiness which is the hallmark of this great estate. The signature fruit quality of the Guimaraens Vintage is very much in evidence in the 2012 Vintage and the relatively cool ripening conditions give it an attractive freshness and elegance. These wines are ripe and mature and offer consumers the opportunity to purchase Ports for early drinking.”
 
David Guimaraens, Wine Maker: “A dry winter followed by a cool spring led to low yields but plenty of aromatic intensity. The cool ripening season was balanced by healthy growth giving the resulting Ports crisp acidity and a remarkable purity of fruit.”
 
2012 Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas ~ £95ib per 6 bottles
Opaque ruby black core with vivid purple rim. The nose is fine and delicate, pure woodland fruit aromas combining with notes of wild herbs and gum cistus and discreet hints of vanilla. The floral scents which are the hallmark of Vargellas are in evidence, the characteristic violet fragrances combining with delicate blossom and wild herb notes. A current of very clean, vibrant berry fruit flavour flows through the palate from start to finish. Typically lean, wiry tannins emerge on the mid-palate and provide plenty of grip and an attractive touch of austerity. A wonderfully fine and harmonious vintage port, with every element in its place. Drink 2018-2030
 
James Suckling 92-93 points Typical Vargellas character with flowers such as roses and poppies that turn to dark fruits and spices. Full body, lightly sweet, dusty tannins and a raspberry and blackberry character. Long and flavourful. All in elegance and finesse.
 
2012 Fonseca Guimaraens ~ £95ib per 6 bottles
Deep ruby black centre with narrow purple rim. Impressive depth and intensity of fruit on the nose. Very fine complex woodland berry aromas intertwined with discreet resiny, balsamic scents of garrigue, rock rose and wild herbs. On the palate the dark fruit flavours have a surprising freshness and a tight mesh of thick, grippy tannins provides both structure and volume. A wonderfully long finish leaving succulent flavours of raspberry and cassis. Very fine and beautifully balanced, the 2012 Guimaraens combines the depth and richness of Quinta do Panascal with the clearly delineated fruit and heady scented quality of the Pinhão Valley. Drink 2018-2030
 
James Suckling 95-96 points This shows first class structure and length. It's full-bodied and lightly sweet with fabulous length and power. It starts off slowly and builds on the palate with great blackberry, mineral and slate character.
 
2012 Croft Quinta de Roeda ~ £70ib per 6 bottles
Dense ruby black core surrounded by a purple red rim. The nose is true to the Roêda style, a luscious fruitiness combined with the resiny, musky redolence of wild herbs and gum cistus. However the year, with its typical purity and finesse, has placed this finely constituted wine at the elegant and subtle end of the Roêda spectrum. Blended with the typically jammy fruit are fresher notes of raspberry and apricot and the palate is lifted by a crisp acidity and supported by a dense warp of firm sinewy tannins. Slightly more restrained and clearly delineated than some recent Roêda vintages, the wine nevertheless displays the seductive ripe fruitiness which is the hallmark of this great historic estate. Drink 2018-2028
 
James Suckling 92-93 points Lots of ripe and dried fruit aromas with hints of blackberries and schist that give a flinty undertone. Full to medium body, medium sweet, very fine tannins and integrated fruit. There’s a long and plummy aftertaste too. Full of finesse and beauty for a new vintage Port.
 
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