I tasted 25 barrel samples of 2007 Vintage Port yesterday in a blind tasting at the Factory House in the center of old Oporto, Portugal. And I was very impressed. This is clearly a great vintage.
The young fortified Ports showed wonderfully well. I can’t remember a group of young Vintage Ports that were so delicious to taste when they were young. Usually, young Vintage Ports are a bit raw and crude, with mouth-puckering tannins and jammy fruit. The 2007s are not like that.
I loved their harmony and beauty. They have such precise and defined ripe fruit and silky tannins. They are complex and perfumed with power yet elegance. It shows that Port producers are taking much better care in their vineyards and cellars to make the best Vintage Port possible.
It’s hard to think about a vintage that would be comparable but maybe 1977 or 1955? I think that the grapegrowing season in 2007 was more like 1977, where it was sunny yet cool for most of the growing season and then hot and beautiful for September and October.
In any case, if you love Vintage Port, you are going to love the 2007s. I loved the balance so much in the young Vintage Ports that I wanted to drink—not just taste—many of them! Crazy stuff.
Just a couple dozen more samples to taste through today, and I will have more information to report back soon.
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