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Since the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere are 6 months apart, it is not uncommon to see a bad vintage in France and a great vintage in Australia.
In our port article on this website, we talked about what grapes go into ports, and what types of ports there are (Ruby, Tawny, etc.) Vintage port takes it a step further.
A "vintage" of a wine is the year in which all of the grapes that made it were harvested. A "non vintage", therefore, is a wine that is made with grapes from many years.
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Vintage port is a blend of the highest quality wines of a single year or vintage from the best vineyards in the Cima Corgo or the upper Corgo River and is bottled after spending two years in wood.
The vintage is expected to show a classic, good structure, nice restraint on the fruit
Why does Vintage Matter?
Well, to be honest, for me, it really doesn't. But that's because I don't drink wines that would really benefit from me tracking a vintage. I mean, I could do it, but for me, I really have no reason to.
2002 - A vintage to delight Burgundy lovers - not blockbuster in style but with beautifully balanced, elegant, ripe fruit with excellent vineyard definition. Lesser wines may be drunk soon but the best should be kept.
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Similar to-but less-expensive than-Vintage Ports (which must by law be bottled within 2 Â½ years of the vintage), LBV's spend an extra 3 or 4 years mellowing in barrel before bottling.
Vintage Port-This is the Emperor of Port and the King of Dessert wines. Vintage Port is wine from a single year, blended and bottled after two to three years of wood-aging.
This can mean different things to different people. The 'vintage' simply refers to the year the grapes were grown.
Well, to start with, it makes life exciting for both producers, sometimes dangerously so, as well as consumers.
Vintage: The year in which the grapes were harvested.
Vintner: The winemaker.
Viticultural: Term for science of grape production for wine and the making of wine.
Vintage Port: Made only in declared "great" years, aged in oak for two years, then in bottle for many years to mature slowly. Usually has a good deal of sediment when decanted.
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The year the wine is harvested. A wine's vintage will be found on all wine labels.
The year in which the grapes used to make the wine were harvested.
The year in which a wine's grapes grew and were harvested. The term is often used as a synonym for the grape harvest.
A person who makes or sells wine.
Vintage Wines: Wines that are harvested from a given year.
Vitis Labrusca: Grapes indigenous to North America.
Vitis Vinifera: Grapes indigenous to Europe but used in California wine making.
Vintage Port: Made from the very best grapes of a single year, the wines are aged in wood for just two years, then in the bottle for at least 10. It's bottled unfiltered and should always be decanted prior to enjoyment.
Vintage: A particular year in the wine business; a specific harvest.
Viognier: A fragrant, powerful white grape grown in the Rhõne Valley of France and elsewhere.
This term refers both to the actual grape harvest as well as the year of the harvest. The term is also applied to wines that bear this year of harvest on their labels. Wines that are a blend of years are considered non-vintage wines (or N.
2007 was a very atypical year. The quality came from a blistering month of April which accelerated the flowering of the vine. Then the weather during the summer months was quite erratic.
A wine's vintage is the year the grapes were grown.
Viniculture is the science of growing grapes.
Vintage - Grape harvest. If the year of a vintage is listed on a label, it indicates that the wine was made only from grapes harvested in that year.
vintage - can mean either the particular year in which the crop was harvested or the process of harvesting itself
Vitis - the vine genus.
The year a wine was made. By contrast, a nonvintage wine is one made from a blend of different years.
vintage port: A style of port. Vintage ports are effectively fortified full bodied sweet red wines. Vintage ports unlike other fortified wines improve with age and are usually cellared before consumption.
vintner: A wine merchant.
Vintage: The year that the grapes were picked or harvested for the making of wine. Dates are always (or should be) shown on the label. Often in jug or generic wines omit the date and we joke and say "ah yes, that was a very good week for wine" ...
Vintage A high quality wine made from the harvest of a single identified district in a good year.
Vivo (lively) Wine which is brilliant in appearance.
VM See Vino de Mesa.
Vintage - The year in which a particular wine's grapes were harvested. When a vintage year is indicated on a label, it signifies that all the grapes used to make the wine in the bottle were harvested in that year.
The year of the actual grape harvest and the wine made from those grapes. In Australia, wine must contain at least 85% of grapes from the year stated in order to carry a vintage date on the label.
VINTAGE DATE: Indicates the year that wine grapes were harvested. In order to carry a vintage date in the United States, for instance, a wine must come from grapes that are at least 95 percent from the stated calendar year.
Indicates the year wine was made. In order to carry the year, the grapes must be at least 95 percent from the stated year.
Vintage. Year of vinification.The year in which the grapes for a given wine were
harvested. Most wines carry a vintage date, though not all.
Vintage Wine - Wine labelled with the year the grapes were harvested and made into wine. Applied to the crop of grapes or the wines of one season.
usually refers to the year in which the grapes were picked, but it also identifies the picking process
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Term that describes both the year of the actual grape harvest and the wine made from those grapes. In the United States, the label may list the vintage year if 95 percent of the wine comes from grapes harvested that year.
Vintage Champagne: A champagne made from grapes from a single harvest versus a blend (Cuvee) from several harvest years. The year of the vintage can be found on the label.
Vintage: Term refering to the crop of a given year.
Viniculture: The science of growing grapes.
Vinifera: See Vitis vinifera.
Vintage Year in which the grapes used to make a wine were grown. Also used to describe the harvest period.
Viscous Tasting term used to indicate a heavy, dense wine. See also 'legs'.
Viticulture Vine growing.
The year that the grapes were picked to make the wine, usually indicated on the label. The vintage is important in cool climates, such as France, Canada and Germany, where the weather varies significantly from year to year.
VINTAGE (VINTAGE DATE)
The year in which the grapes for a wine were grown.
Indicates a wine producer/or winery proprietor.
Vintage: In short, the "year" or season of winegrowing. But vintage wine, by U.S.
Main article: Vintage
A "vintage wine" is one made from grapes that were all or mostly grown in a single specified year, and labeled as such.
Vintage - (VIN-tij)
For wines so designated, the year in which the grapes were grown.
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Vintage : Year of vinification.
Wine coop / Vinegrowers' cooperative : Cellar run in common by a group of vine growers. Over a 1 000 coop vinify about 30% of French production.
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Vintage: The harvest time and also the year in which the wine was made.
Yield: The amount of wine produced from a given area of vines. The less produced the more concentrated the wine will be. Too high a yield will make for dilute, watery wine.
VINTAGE is the year in which the grapes were picked, and also refers to the picking process.
Vintage. The year in which a wine's grapes were harvested; sometimes referring to the grape harvest itself.
Viticulture. The activity of growing grapes.
Yeasts. One-celled organisms responsible for turning grape juice into wine.
Vintage-dated Champagne or sparkling wine can usually benefit from some bottle-aging, provided the consumer enjoys the older, richer, fatter, less vivacious flavors that will ensue.
Indicates the year that a wine was made. In order to carry a vintage date in the United States, for instance, a wine must come from grapes that are at least 95 percent from the stated calendar year. See also nonvintage.
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Matured in barrel for about two years prior to being bottle-matured for a number of years. Vintage dated.
The vintage wines are only made in exceptional years where the grapes ripen well (as Champagne, as a region, is rather far north) and can only contain juice from that vintage.
Wine that is blended using grapes from different years.
Aroma and flavor imparted from aging wine in oak barrels. Characterized by smokiness, vanilla, clove or other spices. Should be balanced and not overly pronounced.
4.) Year/Vintage or Non-vintage (NV) - This is the year the grapes were harvested (not bottled). This is a good area to study up on as it can tell a lot about the wine.
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Consider the vintage when you choose wine.
Red wines typically need to age for a few years to develop the best taste. You can get a bottle of red wine and store it for a year or 2 for the best taste.
Among all styles of Port, the one which has always caught the interest of Port lovers is undoubtedly Vintage Port.
Varietal - Wines made from a single grape variety.
Vintage - Wines made from a single specified year.
Viticulture - The science, production and study of grapes.
massive In great vintages where there is a high degree of ripeness and superb concentration, some wines can turn out to be so big, full-bodied, and rich that they are called massive.
meaty A chewy, fleshy wine is also said to be meaty.
Korbel Brut Nonvintage (California), Simple, light, and frothy, and the price is certainly right.
Domaine Carneros Brut Vintage (Carneros, California), Sleek and stylish, with a hint of lemon-cream-pie flavor.
The warm & dry 2008 vintage produced small berries resulting in concentrated rich flavours. This lovely zippy blend has aromas of lemon zest & floral undertones. The palate is refreshing & crisp with citrus characteristics of lemon and grapefruit.
Addition of sugar in the vintage, controlled by the law, in order to obtain a good balance of the wine by increase in the high content in alcohol when this one is too weak.
Blending: A wine can be blend of different varieties, different vintages, different areas and even different barrel.
Cosecha - Vintage, harvest
Deguelle - The disgorging process used for sparkling wines. Called "Degorgement" in French.
Dorado - a fortified wine made in the Rueda region with the Verdejo grape.
Dulce - sweet
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You may, of course, restrict the wines to those from a particular region, price range, grape, or other criteria if necessary; just not by vintage or winery.
Horizontal Tasting - These involve wines that come from the same vintage.
Most French wines are everyday vins ordinaires, of no outstanding regional, varietal, or vintage characteristics.
We spend a lot of our time in our vineyards as our focus is on growing the best possible fruit we can in any vintage year. Starting in early winter the vineyards are hand pruned and the right canes and spurs are selected for the new growing season.
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Given good cellaring conditions (cool, stable temperature is key among these) fine red wines will improve for many years after release, as will Vintage Ports and certain sweet and dry white wines; indeed, ...
The naming of the grape seems to have been influenced by the fog usually present during the vintage season.
Will this be a classic vintage? James Suckling reviews more than 600 red, whites and sweet wines. Before you buy futures, check his scores and notes.
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Produces flavorful wines that have earned the Prädikat rating in good vintages. Ripens early-mid September. Cold-hardy and has good resemblance to the Riesling grape with which it is often blended in order to enhance flavor in poor vintages.
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Vertical tasting Comparative tasting of the same wine from different vintages from the same winery.
Vinegar The smell of ethylacetate, indicative of bacteriological infection. Usually undrinkable.
A system of fractional blending that gives Sherry its character. A complex process by which several vintages are blended together over many years in a building known as a Solera, before bottling.
These in turn are due to the quality of the wine, to the vintage, its geographical origin, and general style. Wines from hotter climates tend to have more body than those from the north (compare the Rhõne with the Mosel, for example)." ...
Used to describe a young wine that is less developed than others of its type and class from the same vintage.
In the state of California, depending on location, vintage or fermentation technique, it is used to either produce a spicy, complex wine or a simple wine.
Prestigious award from contests Saloon wines Czech republic got at once two ours wines. Aurelius and Ryzlink rhine was registered among 100 best wines vintage 2006 from Czech republic.
Characteristic of a wine that rich in alcohol without being unpleasant, as opposed to a heady wine. Often applicable to wines with hot and sunny vintages.
Used as a component in an esteemed multi-wine blend called "Velletri Bianco". Wines from good vintages considered to have excellent ageing ability. Mostly found in the Castelli Romani region, Latium province of Italy.
This was the only great wine ever made in the southern hemisphere, and it was among the most sought-after vintages until it vanished after 1886, mainly due to the outbreak of the phylloxera mite, which destroyed the original Cape vineyards.
With its high sugar and low acid, Bacchus is not one of Germany’s most distinguished grapes, yet it can be coaxed into achieving good must weights that can be made into luscious Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese when vintage conditions ...
Just as an example of how this can be confusing, young Vintage Port, a dessert wine from Portugal, is very sweet with residual sugar, but at the same time has large amounts of tannin. Therefore, someone could potentially say these are sweet AND dry! ...
Here the wine is bottled direct from the cask (or more typically an underground cuve or tank) in the spring following the vintage, having spent the winter on its lees.
Young : Wine that is not matured and usually bottled and sold within a year of its vintage.
Zesty : A wine with noticeable acidity and usually citrus notes.
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