I was recently treated to a Vintage Port tasting featuring about a dozen wines from different declared vintages in Port. Some were beautiful, some needed more time, some were already over the hill.
Of those dozen bottles, one stood out and unsurprisingly, came from the 1994 vintage which Wine Spectator gave 99 points and called a “classic vintage; superlative structure, fabulous harmony.” It’s the highest vintage rating they’ve awarded since 1948! And at 28 years of age, it is in the absolute perfect point in its trajectory with an easy 3-5 years more of perfection ahead.
Robert Parker, Jr. gave it 95 points and called it “one of the finest Warres I’ve ever tasted” and “a profound example of Warre vintage port.” Additionally, “Tasters should take note of the wealth of peppery, licorice-scented and flavored raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Look for it to be ready to drink in 10-12 years, and keep for 30+.”
95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
One of the finest Warres I have ever tasted, this opaque purple-colored wine is made in a drier style (a la Dow), yet it is expressive, extremely full-bodied, with superb richness, purity, and well-integrated alcohol and tannin. It possesses a great mid-palate as well as impressive length. Tasters should take note of the wealth of peppery, licorice-scented and flavored raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Look for it to be ready to drink in 10-12 years, and keep for 30+. This is a profound example of Warre vintage port.
94 Points, Wine Spectator
A great surprise for the vintage. Displays fabulous concentration and complex character with it’s layers of very sweet fruit, chocolate and cherry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins. Long finish with plenty of grip. Beautiful wine. Best after 2008.