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.
Taylor's 2011 Vintage Port Adrian Bridge: “2011 has produced textbook Vintage Ports, classics in every sense. The wines have a wonderful purity and elegance but also plenty of background and structure. Our 2009 declaration showed that demand...
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