Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Porto 2011

Taylor Fladgate

Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Porto 2011 play

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

Quinta de Vargellas, named one of the top 100 vineyards in the world, has been part of the Taylor Fladgate estate for over a century. With the highest percentage of old vines of any quinta in the Douro, 60% are over 75 years old. Grapes are harvested from the oldest vineyard plot, which yields Vinha Velha (old vine) intensity. Grapes undergo traditional foot treading for fullest expression. Fermentation is halted by adding grape spirits before all residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine. After 2 years in wood, the wines are bottled unfiltered and will continue maturing for decades. From low yields, production is extremely limited.

95 Points


2011 vintage
97+ Points

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harvest note

Winter was wetter and colder than the 30-year average. After budbreak in mid-March, a warm, wet April prompted growth. In May, dry conditions in the eastern Douro lasted until late August. Vines drew on winter ground water and bunches developed in ideal conditions. Véraison came a bit early. Mild weather in June-July changed with a heat wave in second half of June. August was hot and dry. Late August rain helped to balance ripening. In the Douro Superior, Quinta de Vargellas was the first Taylor Fladgate property to begin harvest. Grapes showed high sugar levels with excellent acidity. In Pinhão Valley, Quinta do Junco, the upper Quinta de Terra Feita, and the lower Terra Feita were picked mid-September. Long fermentations allowed complete extraction; musts displayed intense color and powerful fruit.

tasting note

Complex and fruity aromas of blackcurrant, plum and blackberry have dark chocolate, exotic wood, black pepper and floral notes. Expressive aromas with depth promise a long evolution. Perfectly balanced flavors are supported by dense, sinewy tannins, and fresh berry flavors linger on the long finish.

food pairing

Often served after a meal, alone or with cheese, nuts or dried fruits. May also be served with fine dark chocolate. Should be decanted before serving due to sediment.

technical data

GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela
ACIDITY: 4.55 g/L
ABV: 20.0%
AGING: 2 years in neutral oak.

points of distinction

  • Old vines, single-quinta vintage Porto from one of the world's finest vineyards.
  • One of the most collectible, ageworthy Portos available.
  • Intense color and powerful fruit characters of 2011 promise a long life in bottle.
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“Traditional foot treading provides a clear quality edge, providing just the right level of extraction. Our policy of co-fermenting the traditional grape varieties is also key to producing balanced and complex wines.”

– David Guimaraens, Winemaker

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