About Port Vintage

About Port Vintage
Vintage Port refers to authentic Port from Portugal that is made entirely from a single vintage. Each port house makes their own decision on whether not to declare a particular vintage. Production is small and represents only about two percent of all Port produced in the Douro region.

There are five principal grapes allowed in vintage port, the same as in other styles of Port. These are: Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesa and Touriga Nacional.

A vintage port is aged for a maximum of two and a half years; when it is released, it has a deep, inky purple color and is deeply concentrated. These are not wines for immediate consumption, but rather wines that need at least a decade or two before they are ready for drinking.

While every vintage is special, certain years such as 1963, 1966, 1970, 1980 and 1994 are exceptional; some of these will peak near their fiftieth birthday. Enjoy on their own or with walnuts or aged cheeses.

Top Picks for Port Vintage

Romariz 2017 Vintage 2017 Douro
89 points
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate ganache, ripe blueberries, spiced pastry, honey, and licorice with a slightly chewy, lively, very sweet medium-to-full body and a subtle, medium-long finish with accents of stewed raisins with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense and sturdy vintage port that should age gracefully, youthful now but will develop into a complex wine worthy of a special occasion. Drink 2025-2030.