jamie goode's wine blog: A Vintage Port from 2007

Friday, May 29, 2009

A Vintage Port from 2007

It's kind of young, but I'm sampling a 2007 Vintage Port. It's from Duorum, the new joint venture between Joao Portugal Ramos (famous winemaker from the Alentejo) and Jose Maria Soares Franco (who for 27 years was the man behind iconic Portuguese wine Barca Velha).

It's incredibly drinkable - like many of the 2007 Ports, it has amazingly vivid fruit. This is a year of intense, vivid fruit expression, and Duorum is no exception here. It shows admirable concentration, with lovely rich, pure blackberry and dark cherry fruit. There's nice freshness, with some violetty complexity and also a bit of white pepper. The palate is firmly tannic, but these tannins are made palatable by the rich, pure, sweet fruit character. I reckon this is one of those Ports that will drink well young (if you're a bit nutty, like me, and don't mind tannin(, enter a short, sulky adolescence, and then age gracefully. I really like the style.

Pictured: Jose Maria Soares Franco and I on the bridge that leads to the Castelo Melhor station (now disused) in the Douro Superior, near the Spanish border. This is at the foot of the Duorum property Quinta de Castelo Melhor.

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At 3:42 PM, Blogger Joe said...

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At 3:43 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Sounds like a great trip! How did you get there so quickly from London? Were you on a trip sponsored by the Port producers? Did they fly you there?

At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Pedro Domingues said...

Hi Jamie, really nice Post on Port! I was wondering if you could help us,
We are 4 students of the School of Economics and Management (UCP Lisbon) conducting our MSc. Dissertation.
An important part of our work will be based on a Survey involving 400 UK consumers. In it, we ask questions about wine, in particular about Port Wine.
This is the survey address:

We would really appreciate it if you could publish it somewhere and participate,
Thank you!

At 1:25 AM, Blogger Joe said...

I'd participate in the survey if you pay me something for my time.

At 5:35 PM, Blogger Nick Oakley said...

Hey Joe you meanie! ;-)
Don't you remember being a student (and broke)?

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Pedro Domingues said...

Thanks Nick, yes that's precisely the problem. we don't have the resources.
We thought through the internet we would get the number of answers we needed, but as it turns out it is more difficult than we thought, that's why we are asking for your help Joe. For an expert like you it would take less than 10 min.



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