Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Porto 2012

Taylor Fladgate

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Region: Portugal / Douro Valley Porto
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca

Single-quinta, or single-vineyard, vintage Porto is produced only in exceptional years in which a general vintage is not declared. Quinta de Vargellas, celebrated as one of the top 100 vineyards in the world, has been part of the Taylor Fladgate estate for more than a century. It has the highest percentage of old vines of any quinta in the Douro, with 60% over 75 years old. All grapes undergo the traditional foot treading method, ensuring their fullest expression. Fermentation is halted by the addition of grape spirits before all the residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine. Following two years in wood, the wines are bottled unfiltered and will continue maturing for decades.

93 Points

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2012 vintage
90 Points

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harvest note

Following an unusually dry and cold winter, budburst occurred in late March. Welcome rainfall in April and early May preceded flowering in May's last 2 weeks and favorable weather through July. Vines showed lower than usual vigor, resulting in smaller berries, bunches and lower yields. Véraison was inevitably later than usual. In mid-August, the grapes were still very low in sugar and with high levels of acidity. Significant and continuous ripening of the crop took place during the duration of the harvest. Picking started on September 20th at Vargellas.

tasting note

Pure woodland fruit aromas combine with notes of wild herbs, gum cistus and discreet hints of vanilla. The floral scents, hallmark of Vargellas, include characteristic violet along with delicate blossom notes. Clean, vibrant berry fruit flavors. Wiry tannins on the mid-palate which provide plenty of grip and an attractive touch of austerity. Wonderfully fine and harmonious.

food pairing

Most often served after a meal, alone or with cheese, nuts, dried fruits or fine dark chocolate.

technical data

GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
APPELLATION: Douro
PH: 3.78
ACIDITY: 3.90 g/L
ABV: 20%
AGING: Two years in large oak vats
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 103 g/L

points of distinction

  • Taylor Fladgate vintage Porto is one of the most collectible, ageworthy Portos available.
  • A single-quinta vintage Porto from one of the most revered vineyards in the world: Quinta de Vargellas
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“We focus on making vintage quality from all of our grapes. As a result, we will produce the highest-quality Port in every category.”

– Adrian Bridge, CEO

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