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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.
Imagine buying vintage dated canola oil or hearing someone refer to the great clover honey of 2002. No other food seems to be as helpless to inclement weather than the wine industry. It is bizarre that the potential of a wine hinges on the growing conditions for that year.
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. These grapes are made into wines which are blended together, creating a multi-year wine product.
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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 ~ 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. Therefore, they are more mature and easy-to-drink than Vintage Ports from the same year.
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. One of the huge fallacies of the 100-point system, for example (though any rating system is equally incapable of quantifying a vintage), is ...
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~: 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.
The year in which the grapes used to make the wine were harvested.
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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 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.
~ the year in which a wine is bottled. Also, the yield of wine from a vineyard during a single season.
weight similar to "body", the thicker or richer a wine feels in the mouth, the more weight is described as having.
wine fermented juice of grapes.
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~: 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.
Viticulture: The science and business of growing wine grapes. (see Viniculture) ...
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.V.).
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 glossary term for the year in which the grapes for wine were harvested.
Vintner: A wine merchant of one who makes wine.
A wine's vintage is the year the grapes were grown.
Viniculture is the science of growing grapes.
~ - 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.
~ - can mean either the particular year in which the crop was harvested or the process of harvesting itself
Vitis - the vine genus.
Refers to both the actual grape harvest as well as the year of the harvest.
The science of grape growing.
The year a wine was made. By contrast, a nonvintage wine is one made from a blend of different years.
Micro-organisms that produce the enzymes which convert sugar to alcohol. Necessary for the fermentation of grape juice into wine.
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.
viticulture: The science and practice of growing grapes.
~ 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.
~ - The year in which a particular wine's grapes were harvested. When a ~ 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.
Viticulture - The cultivation of grapes. Not to be confused with viniculture.
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 ~ date on the label.
~. Year of vinification.The year in which the grapes for a given wine were
harvested. Most wines carry a ~ date, though not all. Non-~ sparkling wines and Champagnes, for example, are blends of grapes from different harvests.
~ 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.
Vintner - A broad term, applied to wholesale wine merchants, wine growers, wine makers, wine blenders etc.
~ DATE: Indicates the year that a wine was made. In order to carry a ~ 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 non~.
usually refers to the year in which the grapes were picked, but it also identifies the picking process
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~: The year that the grapes were picked or harvested for the making of wine, with the date shown on the label.
~ Champagne: A champagne made from grapes from a single harvest versus a blend (Cuvee) from several harvest years. The year of the ~ can be found on the label.
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 ~ year if 95 percent of the wine comes from grapes harvested that year.
~: Term refering to the crop of a given year.
Viniculture: The science of growing grapes.
Vinifera: See Vitis vinifera.
~ 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 term "~" has a couple of related but somewhat different meanings. First, it is used to refer to the year of a grape harvest. Additionally, the wine produced from that specific year will also be referred to as a ~.
The year that the grapes were picked to make the wine, usually indicated on the label. The ~ is important in cool climates, such as France, Canada and Germany, where the weather varies significantly from year to year.
~ (~ DATE)
The year in which the grapes for a wine were grown.
Indicates a wine producer/or winery proprietor.
~: In short, the "year" or season of winegrowing. But ~ wine, by U.S. rules, is defined differently depending upon whether the wine label shows a lowly political appellation (like a state or county) or a stronger one (like a Viticultural Area).
4. ~: or the year the wine is produced - reveals the grape quality, the ability to age, and the best time period to drink the wine.
Main article: ~
A "~ wine" is one made from grapes that were all or mostly grown in a single specified year, and labeled as such.
~ - (VIN-tij)
For wines so designated, the year in which the grapes were grown.
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~ : 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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~: 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.
~ is the year in which the grapes were picked, and also refers to the picking process.
VITIS VINIFERA is the genus and species of grapevine responsible for producing grapes that make the world's best wines - cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, sauvignon blanc, etc.
~. 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.
~-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. There is generally no improvement more than ten years beyond the ~ date.
Matured in barrel for about two years prior to being bottle-matured for a number of years. ~ dated.
The ~ 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 ~.
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.
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Consider the ~ 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.
Some wines, such as Pinot Grigio, taste best when they are relatively young.
Among all styles of Port, the one which has always caught the interest of Port lovers is undoubtedly ~ Port. These wines are exclusively produced in exceptional years and in pretty limited quantities, last but not the least, they are also pretty expensive.
Varietal - Wines made from a single grape variety.
~ - Wines made from a single specified year.
Viticulture - The science, production and study of grapes.
massive In great ~s 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 Non~ (California), Simple, light, and frothy, and the price is certainly right.
Domaine Carneros Brut ~ (Carneros, California), Sleek and stylish, with a hint of lemon-cream-pie flavor.
Late Bottled ~: least known port, but according to many experts it combines the best qualities of ~ and tawny ports. These wines are produced by keeping a ~ port for 8 to 15 years and then bottling it for a further period of 5 years.
Addition of sugar in the ~, 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 ~s, different areas and even different barrel.
Blind Tasting: A tasting of wines where all clues as to the wines' identities including the labels and shapes of the bottles are obscured from the tasters.
Cosecha - ~, 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
Enologia - Winemaking
Espeso - Heavy ("thick"), weighty wine ...
You may, of course, restrict the wines to those from a particular region, price range, grape, or other criteria if necessary; just not by ~ or winery.
Horizontal Tasting - These involve wines that come from the same ~.
The country of origin may be different, the labels may be different, the ~s may be different, even the prices may be slightly different, but the wines rapidly begin to all taste the same.
Most French wines are everyday vins ordinaires, of no outstanding regional, varietal, or ~ characteristics.
Around 1780 the late ~ was discovered in the castle Johannisberg in the Rhinegau. On the basis of the records it goes back to a horseman who wanted to get the ~ permission from the bishop in Fulda, which was necessary to reap the grapes. The horseman was late for 10 days.
We spend a lot of our time in our vineyards as our focus is on growing the best possible fruit we can in any ~ year. Starting in early winter the vineyards are hand pruned and the right canes and spurs are selected for the new growing season.
Given good cellaring conditions (cool, stable temperature is key among these) fine red wines will improve for many years after release, as will ~ 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 ~ season. It is here that Nebbiolo produces its best in terms of quality as the environment provides perfect growing conditions for the special requirements of this demanding variety.
Some grape varieties are better suited to oak than others, and ~ characteristics also have a part to play, as does wine style. The differences between a gently oxidised tawny port, aged entirely in cask, and a deeper-coloured, fruity ~ port, aged in bottle, are striking.
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Portuguese term for an estate or vine farm. "Single Quinta" Port comes from a single ~ and farm.
Labour intensive process of siphoning wine from one barrel to another in order to leave some sediment behind and gradually clarify the wine.
Produces flavorful wines that have earned the Prädikat rating in good ~s. 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 ~s.
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Vertical tasting Comparative tasting of the same wine from different ~s from the same winery.
Vinegar The smell of ethylacetate, indicative of bacteriological infection. Usually undrinkable.
Backward: Used to describe a young wine that is less developed than others of its type and class from the same ~.
Balance: A wine has balance when its elements are harmonious and no single element dominates.
Prestigious award from contests Saloon wines Czech republic got at once two ours wines. Aurelius and Ryzlink rhine was registered among 100 best wines ~ 2006 from Czech republic.
Silver Medal from the international wine exhibition VINOFORUM 2006 was awarded to two Vinum Moravicum varieties .
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These in turn are due to the quality of the wine, to the ~, 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)." ...
In the state of California, depending on location, ~ or fermentation technique, it is used to either produce a spicy, complex wine or a simple wine.
Cuvee: A French term meaning the blend. It's used most often in reference to sparkling wine, for instance blending Chardonnay with Pinot Noir or one ~ with another.
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 ~s.
BELLONE: Variety used for white wine production. Used as a component in an esteemed multi-wine blend called "Velletri Bianco". Wines from good ~s 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 ~s 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 ~ conditions permit.
Just as an example of how this can be confusing, young ~ 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! Quite confusing indeed! ...
Here the wine is bottled direct from the cask (or more typically an underground cuve or tank) in the spring following the ~, having spent the winter on its lees. This produces more flavourful wines that, whilst retaining a brisk character have fuller and more obvious fruit.
Young : Wine that is not matured and usually bottled and sold within a year of its ~.
Zesty : A wine with noticeable acidity and usually citrus notes.
Zippy : A wine with noticeable acidity that is balanced with enough fruit structure so as to not taste overly acidic.
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