2008 Vista Verde Vineyard Port

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2017-2037 OPTIMAL DRINKING WINDOW
San Benito County Vista Verde Vineyard
RELEASE PRICE $40 Past Release

Winemakers Notes

Traditional Portuguese varieties – Touriga National, Tinta Cao, Tinta Francesca and Tinta Madeira – were used to create this Port made in the traditional style. A complicated wine […]

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Technical Notes

TA 0.48g/100mL
pH 3.71
Alc. 20%
Barrel Description 100% 3+ yr.
Barrel Aged 43 months
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Winemakers Notes

Traditional Portuguese varieties – Touriga National, Tinta Cao, Tinta Francesca and Tinta Madeira – were used to create this Port made in the traditional style. A complicated wine with aromas of plum fruit, citrus blossom, raisin, fig, fruit cake, candied fruit, chocolate, espresso and hints of Indian spices.  The palate is smooth with rich, influential tannins.  Flavors of dark berry fruits, boysenberry jam, espresso, raisin, fig and chocolate-coated orange peel tease the palate, followed by a long, supple finish with a hint of Grand Marnier, bittersweet chocolate and anise.  This is an age-worthy Port that will go on for years.

Harvest Notes

2008 provided very concentrated, flavorful and high quality wines that are vividly expressive of the vineyards in which they were grown, despite being a difficult year for growing. The combination of numerous springtime frosts and cold rains damaged our buds and clusters, thus resulting in a lighter than average year. During the summer, the vines encountered near-perfect fruit ripening weather characterized by warm and sunny days with exceptionally few heat spikes. Very warm August temperatures quickened ripening, beginning a fast and furious harvest. The decreased yields resulted in very concentrated and extremely high quality wines, with brilliant flavor and phenolic ripening. The wines of 2008 express their distinctive sites and qualities in a very intense and focused manner: this is truly a vintage for the cellars, with great ageing potential for years to come.

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