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Warre’s Port: Top Vintages 1970-1997
January 12, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education LLC is proud to present a very special evening
Warre’s Port: Top Vintages 1970 – 1997
Vintage Port is, without a doubt, one of the crown jewels of the wine world. Legendary houses such as Quinta do Noval, Graham’s, and Warre’s have been bringing us joy for centuries. Only made in the best of years, Vintage Port ages gracefully for decades, but is often popped way too young.
Rarely can people wait long enough for proper aging (it’s just too tempting!) and even more rare is to experience perfect aged Vintage Port directly from the cellars of the top houses, ensuring perfect storage.
In this special event we will pop the top Vintage Ports from the house of Warre’s going back 45 years, shipped from the Warre’s Lodge in Oporto, Portugal.
*** Seating is extremely limted for this special event *** *** All online registration fees are paid by Twin Cities Wine Education ***
Wines we will be tasting:
1997 Warre’s “Our favorite, ultimately, was from Warre’s, one of the oldest names in Port. [The 1997] was so very rich, yet had enough restraint that it was already lovely to drink, with no hard edges. It had a wonderful balance of sweetness and rich earth and a long, warming finish that left us feeling cozy long after we’d tasted it.” – The Wall Street Journal
1994 Warre’s 94 points Parker: “One of the finest Warres I have ever tasted, this opaque purple-colored wine is made in a drier style (a la Dow), yet it is expressive, extremely full-bodied, with superb richness, purity, and well-integrated alcohol and tannin. It possesses a great mid-palate as well as impressive length. Tasters should take note of the wealth of peppery, licorice-scented and flavored raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Look for it to be ready to drink in 10-12 years, and keep for 30+. This is a profound example of Warre vintage port.”
1985 Warre’s 90 points Parker: “This house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop… they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1985 is the sweetest and richest of the recent Warre vintages. Extremely concentrated, rich, even luscious, this full-bodied, intense, opulent wine has layers of fruit, a full-blown bouquet, and impeccable balance. The soft tannins and precocious appeal of the 1985 suggest rapid maturation.”
1983 Warre’s 90 points Parker: “The 1983 is richly perfumed and fragrant, which is so typical of the ports from this vintage, and is seemingly more forward than normal.” Four Stars, Decanter Magazine: “Perfumed chocolate and spice nose. Floral hints, fine, rich palate. Great elegance without huge power.”
1980 Warre’s 93+ points Nick Burwood: “Excellent colour showing no hint of age, smokey dense hedge fruit aromas, brulée summer pudding, hints of chocolate, spice – racy but with concentration. An elegant wine whose only fault was to follow on the legendary ’77 vintage. No rush on this showing, should be good for at least another 10 years.”
1970 Warre’s “Very serious wine, still challenging, with almonds, figs and prunes, all dribbled with bittersweet chocolate. Warm and embracing…”. – Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecker , The Wall Street Journal 03/02/2006“Gloriously vibrant wet violets nose. What a marvellous mouthful of sweet, voluptuous roses and raisins. Superb – and so youthful”. – Serena Sutcliffe , Sotheby’s Catalogue 17/07/2002″…sweet, full-bodied, rich, almost too rich, yet not overpowering, with the perfect weight and balance I expect from Warre at its best.” – Michael Broadbent , Vintage Wine 01/01/2002
In addition to the above wines, we will have a short “Port 101” session at the beginning, covering the process of production to help with your Port education.
I hope you can join us for this incredible retrospective of the Vintage Ports of Warre’s!