Port, 2009

2009 was not a universally declared vintage due to varying and challenging weather conditions along the length of the Douro Valley and being the third year in a row where low rainfall and late heat in the growing season took its toll in certain quintas, with reduced water supplies causing drought-like conditions in some areas and very low yields.

In fact, some villages had to be sustained with water tanker deliveries from the volunteer fire brigade, while yields were down by as much as a third in some of Symington’s quintas. The finest ports come from low-yielding vines and those on higher (cooler) ground, with great structure, elegance and high fruit concentration, acidity and tannin – making them wines for the long-haul.

The Fladgate Partnership (Taylor’s, Croft and Fonseca) declared, making it their fourth in the decade, while their rivals, the Symington family (Graham’s, Dow’s, Cockburn’s) decided not to declare except for a limited quality of Warre’s for commemorative reasons.

Port, 2009

2009 was not a universally declared vintage due to varying and challenging weather conditions along the length of the Douro Valley and being the third year in a row where low rainfall and late heat in the growing season took its toll in certain quintas, with reduced water supplies causing drought-like conditions in some areas and very low yields.

In fact, some villages had to be sustained with water tanker deliveries from the volunteer fire brigade, while yields were down by as much as a third in some of Symington’s quintas. The finest ports come from low-yielding vines and those on higher (cooler) ground, with great structure, elegance and high fruit concentration, acidity and tannin – making them wines for the long-haul.

The Fladgate Partnership (Taylor’s, Croft and Fonseca) declared, making it their fourth in the decade, while their rivals, the Symington family (Graham’s, Dow’s, Cockburn’s) decided not to declare except for a limited quality of Warre’s for commemorative reasons.

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  1. Fonseca, Unfiltered LBV Port, 2009

    Fonseca, Unfiltered LBV Port, 2009

    Upper Douro Valley, Douro, Portugal

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025
    Reviewer Rating: 90 - Wine Spectator

    “Fruity, with fresh-crushed raspberry and plum flavors, accented by chocolate mousse notes. The powerful finish is rich, creamy and offers good grip.” Wine Spectator

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