2011: Primed to be a vintage year for Douro wines and Port


“I believe it impossible to think of any other wine region anywhere in the world that has produced better wine in this year,” said British wine critic Jancis Robinson in relation to the Douro Valley.

What's New Wine & Food — 18 June 2013 by Lusa News
2011: Primed to be a vintage year for Douro wines and Port

2011 looks set to become the third vintage year of this century for wines and Port from the northern Douro Valley region with over 40 producers now having reported qualities described by some as best ever, said Manuel Cabral, president of the Douro and Port Wines Institute.

Although a formal declaration will only be forthcoming after a formal tasting event on Friday, Cabral said that many of the main labels, such as Taylor’s, Sogrape, Symington and Real Companhia Velha, had already revealed their wine qualities.

Indeed, David Guimaraens, the winemaker at Taylor’s, said that the wet winter leading into 2011 had provided the water reserves necessary for the vines throughout a consistently hot summer without major temperature variations and terming 2011 an “exceptional” year for Port.

The 21st century has thus far only had two vintage years – 2007 and 2003 – but the precedent for 2011 already looks promising.

The British wine critic Jancis Robinson recently came out with high praise for Taylor’s Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage 2011.

“I believe it impossible to think of any other wine region anywhere in the world that has produced better wine in this year,” said Robinson in relation to the Douro Valley.

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