Churchill’s Quinta da Gricha Vintage Port 2011

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Churchill’s Quinta da Gricha Vintage Port 2011

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OK folks, a real-time tasting note. I’m off early in the morning, but for some inexplicable reason I thought it would be a good idea to open a bottle of a really good Vintage Port (a sample half-bottle, to be precise), before going to bed. I’ll have to drink it all.

It’s Churchill’s Quinta da Gricha 2011. On opening it has a slightly creamy, dairy edge to the lush, sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit, with some spicy notes. We shouldn’t be overly concerned by the nose of a cask sample, however: it’s the palate that matters. And this wine really delivers once it is in the mouth. I’m getting sweet black cherry, some over-ripe blackberry, a bit of spice, a hint of black olive, and lovely integrated yet firm tannic structure. There’s some tar and cedar, too. It’s concentrated, tannic, dense, and ripe yet fresh. A really impressive wine that will be good for the next two decades, and possibly longer. 93-95/100

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2 thoughts on “Churchill’s Quinta da Gricha Vintage Port 2011

  1. Hi Jamie,

    The picture is very clear about the name, but I was (am?) pretty sure Churchill only had a fully declared Vintage Port in 2011 and no Single Quinta (i.e Gricha) VP. Are you sure Quinta da Gricha VP ’11 is coming on the market?

    All the best,

    Paul

  2. In reply to Paul. Yes, Quinta da Gricha VP ’11 is available. I personally just acquired a case of it.

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