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From the Douro we offer new vintage releases 'en primeur', as well as mature and historic vintages acquired from the cellars of private and institutional collectors.

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No minimum order.  All prices exclude carriage and UK VAT.  Wines listed 'IB' (in bond) exclude UK duty.  All wines offered subject to confirmation of stock availability, condition and price, E&OE.  Full terms & conditions.

FORTIFIED 2012 1 case Taylor - Quinta de Vargellas 75cl £195 per case of 6 Taylor
Quinta de Vargellas
2012 / 1 case / 75cl
£195 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"...This opens steely and gripping, with fine acidity, firmness on the finish and enough concentration in this lighter-styled vintage. The best of the trio submitted by Taylor Fladgate this issue, it does everything well and mostly exceeds expectations. It more or less combines a bit of the initial power displayed by the Fonseca and the expressiveness of the Croft, and adds silky texture, gloriously fresh fruit and fine flavor. It will need a little patience, but it will also be rather hard to keep your hands off of it. The good news is that it did seem to come around surprisingly fast, becoming a bit less impressive than on first impression. By Day 3, it was quite accessible and it drank fairly well. I still liked it a lot. Drink 2023-55. 94 points" The Wine Advocate (MS)
FORTIFIED 2016 2 cases Cockburn 75cl £220 per case of 6 Cockburn
2016 / 2 cases / 75cl
£220 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"This shows fantastic graphite and dark-berry character with black-stone undertones and hints of dried roses. Full-bodied and very tight and precise. Good kick in the end. Love the polished tannins, which are totally folded into the wine. Reminds me of the 1947 Cockburn. Try in 2024. 99 points" jamessuckling.com
FORTIFIED 2016 10 cases Croft Vintage Port 75cl £420 per case of 12 Croft Vintage Port
2016 / 10 cases / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Extremely perfumed with dark-berry and currant aromas. Hints of earth and spices. Full-bodied, round and medium sweet. Hints of resin. Opulent yet restrained. Shows ripe and beautiful fruit with clarity. Try in 2025. 97 points" jamessuckling.com
FORTIFIED 2016 2 cases Fonseca 75cl £420 per case of 12 Fonseca
2016 / 2 cases / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Lots of ripe fruit here with raisins and wet earth that turn to violets and hot stones. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful with fantastic grip and intensity. Grabs you. Impressive. Drink in 2025. 98 points" jamessuckling.com
FORTIFIED 2016 5 cases Graham 75cl £260 per case of 6 Graham
2016 / 5 cases / 75cl
£260 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Extremely complex aromas that show the classic Graham character of black-fruit marmalade and burnt oranges. Follows through to a full body with great grip at the finish. Lightly sweet. Chewy and powerful. Such a focus at the end. 99 points" jamessuckling.com
FORTIFIED 2016 3 cases Quinta do Noval 75cl £525 per case of 12 Quinta do Noval
2016 / 3 cases / 75cl
£525 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"This is a superb baby Noval that reminds me of the 1966. Chewy yet so polished. The light sweetness suggests an overall dialing back of the sugar content. Stemmy and lightly green. A truly classic Noval. Almost all from Pinhao. Buy. Better in 2025. 98 points" jamessuckling.com
FORTIFIED 2016 3 cases Quinta do Vesuvio 75cl £220 per case of 6 Quinta do Vesuvio
2016 / 3 cases / 75cl
£220 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The greenness and stalkiness comes through here with a minty, fennel character as well as blueberry and violet undertones. Peppermint, too. Full-bodied and off-dry, showcasing blue fruits and a spicy, fresh finish. Try in 2022. 94 points" jamessuckling.com
FORTIFIED 2016 1 case Taylor 75cl £580 per case of 12 Taylor
2016 / 1 case / 75cl
£580 per case of 12
IB
FORTIFIED 2017 1 case Cockburn 75cl £420 per case of 12 Cockburn
2017 / 1 case / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Insane aromas of crushed berry, flowers and lifted ester like a fermenting lager. Full body, tannic yet so finely grained in texture. Extremely long and beautiful. It goes on for minutes. 2,500 cases. Try in 2026. 98 points" jamessuckling.com
FORTIFIED 2017 1 case Dow 75cl £295 per case of 6 Dow
2017 / 1 case / 75cl
£295 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesComplex aromas of beeswax and herbs, masses of fruit concentration but it is locked away at present by the exceptionally fine tannins. An impression of dryness on the finish and elegance, beautifully balanced. RKL "The Dow's 2017 reflects the pedigree that has given Dow's its legendary status in the fine wine world. Depth, intensity and power are the key hallmarks of this wine with a formidable structure that will ensure its ability to age for many decades. 2017 was a very different year to 2016 in terms of the viticultural conditions and it was interesting to watch the progression of the wine and scrutinize its quality as it developed over its first two winters. Whereas 2016 had a Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira very mild winter and exceptionally hot summer, this was compensated by abundant winter and spring rainfall. Conversely, 2017 was warm and dry throughout, although summer temperatures were closer to average, which proved to be a very significant factor allowing for complete, balanced ripening. In 2017, the mature plantings of Touriga Nacional from the eastfacing Vinha Grande parcels at Senhora da Ribeira made an important contribution. These older vines' well developed root systems and the cooler aspect of the vineyards proved their worth in the particularly hot and dry conditions. Dow's grapes are fermented in the small, specialist wineries of Bomfim and Senhora da Ribeira. Our winemaking teams select various single variety plantings to vinify separately as well as some specific cofermentations, which in 2017 included combined fermentations of Sousão and Touriga Franca. They are trodden in our modern lagares and achieve ideal extractions, producing wines of great complexity." Shipper's note.

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