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1997 Vintage Report

Italian: 1997 is undoubtedly a great vintage for Italian wines. Like 1982 and 1990 Bordeaux, it will have its critics because of its extreme style, but if wine is a beverage of pleasure, this vintage offers extraordinary wines.
 
Bordeaux: The 1997 vintage wines are characterised by being attractive, soft, user friendly with broad appeal. They have been quick to mature and, except for the most concentrated wines, should be drunk within the next few years.
 
Vintage Port: 1997 was one of the great port vintages of the decade and marked a general declaration of vintage. The vintage is characterised by full-bodied wines that will be at their best after 2015.

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1997 Croft Vintage Port

Quinta da Roeda Single Quinta Vintage Port (Includes Deluxe Gift Box with Accessories as illustrated)

A relatively lighter-styled vintage port from Croft's famous single vineyard. Rich with nutty aromas and well developed dried fruit flavours it is now fully mature and ready for drinking.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Sandeman

20 Year Old tawny Port SPECIAL OFFER NOW £29.95 (Comes in a Sandeman Gift Tube as illustrated)

A rich yet elegant combination of flavours - dried apricots, honey, nuts, spices, vanilla - creates an endlessly complex wine that unfolds smoothly and develops in the mouth.

Sandeman Porto Tawny 20 Years Old is produced by the traditional Porto Wine method. The hand-picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, under controlled temperature, with skin maceration so as to extract the best components. The addition of wine alcohol at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine´s body and bouquet. This moment is chosen by the winemaker following strict control of fermentation temperatures and densities, the later depending on the vine variety, maturation stage and the final sweetness required.
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Price: £29.95
Stock: 7 in Stock

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Sandeman, 1997

20 Year Old Tawny Port NEW PACKAGING

A rich yet elegant combination of flavours - dried apricots, honey, nuts, spices, vanilla - creates an endlessly complex wine that unfolds smoothly and develops in the mouth.

Sandeman Porto Tawny 20 Years Old is produced by the traditional Porto Wine method. The hand-picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, under controlled temperature, with skin maceration so as to extract the best components. The addition of wine alcohol at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine´s body and bouquet. This moment is chosen by the winemaker following strict control of fermentation temperatures and densities, the later depending on the vine variety, maturation stage and the final sweetness required.
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Price: £34.90
Stock: 16 in Stock

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Taylors 20 Year Old Tawny port

Tawny Port SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl (Comes in Taylors Presentation Box as illustrated)

Only tiny quantities of this aged tawny port are produced each year, making the wines extremely rare and amongst the most revered in the world.

This Tawny ports has been aged in oak casks for an average age of 20 years. During their long maturation they become tawny in colour and concentrated in their aromas. This port has very intense and elegant flavours which combine to give a smooth, fine finish.
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Price: £36.95
Stock: 5 in Stock

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1997 Chateau Pavillon Haut Bonnet, 1997

Fronsac, Bordeaux includes Gift box with accessories as shown

Form the very good 1997 vintage this wine from the Fronsac region of Bordeaux has a simple rustic charm. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this wine has black fruits, plums and a little spice on the nose. On the palate this is a lighter style of wines with some earthy tannins. A medium finish. A charming wine that would go well with read meats or heavy pasta.
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Price: £29.95
Stock: 16 in Stock

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1997 Vintage Port- The Symington Family Collection Triple Gift Set

3x75cl, 1997 Graham's, Dow's and Warre's Vintage Ports

An outstanding ultra premium three bottle vintage Port Collection from the exceptional 1997 vintage. Offering three bottles of the best ports produced by the Symington Family Estates; 1997 Graham's, Dow's and Warre's vintage ports.
An ideal gift for any port lover celebrating a 20 Year Old Anniversary or birthday in 2017. All three ports come beautifully presented in a triple stained gift box with silk liner as illustrated.

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1997 Graham's Vintage Port
“Blackberries, liquorice, and melted asphalt stand out in this full-bodied, beautifully made vintage ports moderately intense bouquet…it is full-bodied, rich, concentrated and impressive.
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Price: £195.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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20 Year Old Calem

Tawny Port (Comes in original Calem gift box as illustrated)

Cálem 20 Years Old has been aged in small oak casks for an average 20 Years. It has an orange-tawny colour with tinges of green- characteristic of ageing in wood. It has a complex bouquet of almonds and citrus and on tasting it is smooth, silky and light with lots of finesse. Ideal on its own or with patés, cream cheeses and fruit tarts.
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Price: £32.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

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20 Year Old Graham's

Tawny Port

Graham's 20 Years Old is made from wines of the very highest quality which, following careful selection, are matured in seasoned oak casks of 534 litres until their peak of maturity is reached. These are among the most demanding and challenging styles of Port to produce requiring great skill and years of experience from the winemaker and blender. It is essential to strike the correct balance between the delicacy and elegance which results from prolonged cask ageing while retaining the fruit quality which lends this old Tawny its structure and longevity.

Graham's 20 Years Old represents superlative quality.
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Price: £29.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

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20 Year Old Offley

Tawny Port ( Includes original thick Carton Box as illustrated)

Tasting notes:
With a well-defined tawny hue with orange-like hints, its aroma is intense and complex, with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, exotic wood, cedar, plum and hazel. On the palate, its fine structure and balance between sugars and tannins stand out. the finish is delicate and lingering.

Production method
Hand-picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, under controlled temperature, with skin maceration. The addition of wine alcohol at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine's body and bouquet. Ageing in wooden casks in the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, the final blend results from a selection of wines between 15 and 40 years.
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Price: £34.95
Stock: 11 in Stock

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20 Year Old Ramos Pinto

Quinta Do Bom-Retiro Tawny Port

Warm tawny red in colour with an amber hue corresponding to its advanced maturity. The nose is spirited and nervous, with an array of fruit and nut aromas: grapefruit, apricot, almond and hazelnut, spiced with cinnamon, caramel and cocoa and rich vanilla oak. Charming and velvety on the palate, the grace of the first contact is maintained by a complex sequence of ripe and dry fruit followed by a languorous finish.

Enjoy after a cosy dinner with mild cheese that won't overwhelm the finesse of the wine.It can flow together with coffee and conversation afterwards. It should be served at 18º - 20º C.
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Price: £42.49
Stock: 6 in Stock

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20 Years of Caves Messias Port Deluxe Gift Set, 1997

2x75cl, 1997 Messias Vintage Port and Messias 20 Year Old Tawny Port

This is a lovely port gift set celebrating 20 years in 2017 and comprising of a bottle of 1997 Messias Quinta Do Cachao vintage port and a Messias 20 Year Old tawny port. Both wines come beautifully presented in a mahogany double deluxe gift box with wine accessories as illustrated.

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1997 Messias, Quinta do Cachao Vintage Port
Very dark red almost black colour. The nose give a lot of intensity, jammy red bursts with red plum aromas. The palate is full, intense, rich, sweet with a lot of soft tannins and a good balance between sweetness and alcohol. Very lingering finish, robust and sweet.
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Price: £84.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

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20 Years of Graham's Port

2x75cl- 1997 Graham's Vintage Port & Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port (both wines come in a double deluxe gift box with Accessories as illustrated)

A fabulous port gift set celebrating 20 years in 2017 and comprising of a bottle of 1997 Graham's vintage port and a Graham's 20 Year Old tawny port. Both wines come beautifully presented in a mahogany double deluxe gift box with wine accessories as illustrated.

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1997 Graham's Vintage Port
"Plum and blackberry on the nose, with hints of dried violets. Wet earth. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, very chewy and rich. Long and caressing. Very layered and structured. Much better than I remember. Impressive."
*James Suckling , Wine Spectator 2007*

Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port
With an amber,
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Price: £108.90
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Barolo, 1997

Clerico - Pajana

Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.
Wine Spectator 94/100
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Price: £149.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Barolo, 1997

Clerico - Pajana

Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.
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Price: £139.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Gazin, 1997

Pomerol

In the nose black currant, spice, cherries, black currant, fine a bit rustic though. Similar aromas on the palate, medium bodied. Finish medium length. Nice wine
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Chateau Haut Bergey, 1997

Pessac-Leognan

Excellent value Bordeaux of this age. As one might expect, not over the top amazing, but a solid enjoyable wine. Tobacco nose. Still deep red not brick. Not so much fruit left, but some nice cedar and mint. Tannins have softened.
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Price: £34.95
Stock: 10 in Stock

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Chateau Kirwan, 1997

Margaux, 3rd Growth Classification

The 1997 Kirwan is a highly-extracted, rich, medium-bodied wine with a deep ruby/purple colour, and ripe cassis fruit intermixed with a touch of new oak, prunes, and spice. The wine has come together nicely since I first tasted it from cask. It appears to be an excellent, nearly outstanding effort. There is moderate tannin in the finish,
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 8 in Stock

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Chateau Pichon-Longueville, Baron, 1997

Pauillac 2eme Cru Classe

Complex, evolved, mature, cedar, spice box, and black currant aromas emerge from this ruby/garnet-colored offering. Soft, with sweet tannin, spicy oak, and ripe fruit, this is an open-knit, attractive Pauillac to enjoy now. Parker Wine advocate 2000

Parker rating 86/100 Excellent
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chianti, 1997

Montesodi - Frescobaldi

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano
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Price: £49.00
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Chianti, 1997

Giorgio Primo - Fattoria "La Massa"

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Price: £49.00
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Chianti, 1997

Poggio Rosso - San Felice - Riserva

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Wine Spectator 92/100
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Price: £59.00
Stock: 10 in Stock

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Chianti, 1997

San Giusto Rentennano - Riserva

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Robert Parker 92/100
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Chianti, 1997

Berardenga - Fattoria Felsina

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Price: £59.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Chianti, 1997

Castello di Fonterutoli - Mazzei

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Price: £59.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chianti, 1997

Il Grigio - San Felice - Riserva

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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