The 2017 Vintage Ports are shaping up to be something special.
The best wine, not just fortified, I’ve had this year is Quinta do Mourao CL. CL for 150 years. This is a wood aged Port, a blend of vintages from 1863 to 1875 with an average age more than 150 years. There’s also a stellar 90 year old white Port and a new blend of their 100 year old.
I’ve also attended comprehensive tastings of the Ports from DR (Agri Roncao). The standout wines were the 70 year old wood aged Port and their 50 year old white. They also have a Muito Velho (Very Old) which is wholly from 1885.
The best Sherries were the series from Bodegas Tradicion. Their VORS wines Amontillado, Oloroso, and Palo Cortado.
Unfortunately, I haven’t drunken enough Madeira this year. I’ll have to remedy that during the holidays.
A couple Madeira with the owner of the Faja dos Padres, the most famous vineyard on the island.
1950 Barbeito Faja dos Padres Terrantez, 1920 Cossart Malmsey. Both coming from the same vineyard and both excellent.