jamie goode's wine blog: Vesuvio vertical

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Vesuvio vertical

Quinta do Vesuvio, in Portugal's Douro Superior, makes some of the best vintage Ports of all. A while back, I was lucky enough to have a pretty much complete vertical tasting of the recent era (the Symington's purchased the property in 1989). These are seriously good Ports, and my write up is here.

Pictured above is the view of the property from the river. This photo was taken back in July 2006 when, as part of the Quinta de la Rosa centenary celebrations, we enjoyed a train ride up to Pocino, and then a boat ride back down to Pinhao.
It was a scorchingly hot day, and many of us decided to have a swim in the Douro. After disembarking, I remember swimming again, in the pool at Bomfim and drinking beer with Luis Antunes, before a low-key dinner where Jorge Moreira poured from a magnum of Batuta 2004, after which there was a power cut. The following evening was the crazy party, which went on pretty much all night. Great memories.

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At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Paul Metman said...

Hi Jamie,
Very interesting tasting indeed, many thanks! I guess this story (just as the tasting) is from end of 2008. In the meantime the table wines of Vesuvio ("second wine" Pombal de Vesuvio and first wine Quinta do Vesuvio Tinto) are on the market, just as the Vesuvio Vintage Port 2007. I would be very interested (like many others, I think) to hear your comments about these!

A Dutch fan,

Paul Metman

At 4:59 AM, Blogger britney said...

very interesting indeed...

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