Aged in barrels for up to two and a half years before bottling, vintage port is generally aged another ten to thirty years in the bottle before reaching proper drinking age. Since it is aged in barrels for only a short time, it retains its dark ruby colour and fresh fruit flavours. Particularly fine vintage ports can continue to gain complexity and drink wonderfully for many decades after being bottled – it’s not unknown for century-old bottles to still be in perfect condition when uncorked.
Dow's 1997 Vintage Port. The Dow’s 1997 Vintage is an outstanding wine, made slightly drier in the classic Dow tradition, which due to its superb structure will evolve into a classic vintage port. Very dark opaque purple colour, with a...
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