Guide to Vintage Port
Vintage port is a blend of the highest quality wines of a single year or vintage from the best vineyards in the Cima Corgo or the upper Corgo River and is bottled after spending two years in wood. Vintage Port accounts for less than 2 percent of the entire region’s production, but it is the most expensive and sought-after of its wines. During this maturation process in the bottle, the raw, tannic, spirit-like quality of young Vintage Port gradually evolves into a smooth, mellow richness, and the wine develops a lovely perfume. At its best, old vintage Port is without question one of the greatest of all dessert wines. Vintages are “declared” by the major Port Houses on the average of three to four years out of each decade. Recent vintage years for Port were 1985, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2007.