1997 Wine and Port Vintage

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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Barbaresco, 1997

Contratto - Alberta

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
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Price: £59.00
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Barolo, 1997

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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: £99.00
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Barolo, 1997

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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: £99.00
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Chateau Haut Bergey, 1997

Pessac-Leognan

Excellent value Bordeaux of this age. As one might expect, not over the top, but a solid enjoyable wine. Still deep red colour. Tobacco nose. Some fruit still left, however cedar and mint dominate the taste. The tannins are soft and rounded.
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Price: £38.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

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.
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Price: £54.00
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Chateau La Clotte, 1997

St Emilion

Strong dark ruby. Good viscosity. Nose is shy but does yield up faint scents of dark berry fruit. Quite tannic but drinkable, The nose and mouth are composed of all secondary components and there is plenty of life here.
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Price: £29.95
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Chateau Latour, 1997

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

*** 90 Points Robert Parker ***

"The 1997 Latour will be a surprisingly fine wine, as well as one of the longest lived offerings of the vintage. It possesses lots of tannin and depth, along with medium to full body, and a textured, multidimensional personality. Sweet, jammy fruit is intertwined with dried herbs, coffee, and earth in this saturated ruby/purple-colored wine. The finish lasts for 20 seconds, a positive sign for a 1997. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2018." Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 1999
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Price: £425.00
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Chianti Classico, 1997

San Giusto Rentennano - Riserva

This 1997 San Giusto Rentennano - Riserva is characterised by the wines rich ruby red colour that turns to garnet with time. Aromas of red and black cherry entwined, with notes of wild herbs, mint and a hint of earthy spice. It is supported by a racy acidity, mellow tannins and a long persistent finish.
Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established vinicultural area.
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Price: £79.00
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Chianti Classico, 1997

Giorgio Primo - Fattoria "La Massa"

1997 Giorgio Primo - Fattoria "La Massa" Typically displays a bright brick colour with medium body and silky Chianti tannins. A smooth, well rounded wine offering sour cherry and raspberry notes with a medium finish. These wines can be forward and fruity while still exhibiting Chianti's characteristic rustic charm.
Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. This Chianti is a Sangiovese-based wine from the less prestigious vineyards of the area.

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Price: £49.00
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Churchill's Port, 1997

Vintage Port

Churchills has built an enviable reputation for producing Port Wines of the highest quality, reflected by their impressive performance at comparative tastings.

The 1997
Churchill is a rich, full-bodied, powerful port, it possesses the complexity, richness, and overall dimension typical of this house.
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Price: £69.95
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Dow's Port, 1997

Vintage Port

1997 Dow's displays a dark ruby/purple colour, attractive liquorice, chocolate, and roasted coffee aromas, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a moderately tannic finish. This excellent vintage port should drink well until 2030+

Rating 90 Points Outstanding
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Price: £69.95
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Fonseca Port, 1997

Vintage Port (HALF BOTTLE 37.5cl)

*** 93 Points Robert Parker ***

Tasting note: Deep inky ruby with a broad red rim just turning to brick at the edge. Generous and seductive nose redolent of blackcurrant and cherry. Dense, luscious black fruit laced with dark chocolate, liquorice and roasted coffee. Exotic herbal and resiny scents emerge an hour after decanting. Later the fruit becomes more luscious and creamier, with rich raspberry jam flavours overlaying the dark fruity base. The full round palate is supported by thick well-integrated tannins and delivers an abundance of luscious chocolate and blackcurrant flavour which lingers into the long velvety finish.
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Price: £44.95
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Gattinara, 1997

Travaglini - Tre Vigne

Gattinara is a red Italian wine produced from Nebbiolo grapes grown within the boundaries of the commune of Gattinara which is located in the hills in the north of the province of Vercelli, northwest of Novara in the Piedmont region. The wine is made from a minimum of 90% Nebbiolo grapes and is renowned for its longevity. Notes: a meaty, chunky wine with a subtle, clean nose. Hints of tar and bark, with undertones of cherries and rose petals. Light tannins.
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Price: £69.00
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Gould Campbell Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port

From a much underrated vintage and house, this is a truly excellent Vintage Port. Although hugely enjoyable now, this will fully reward a few more years of patience and can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Reviews
"Dark color. Very drinkable. The tannins have resolved, but the fruit is still quite strong. This is not yet at peak. Very good balance. Excellent wine!" Cellar Tracker
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

Lessona, 1997

Sella - San Sebastiano allo Zoppo

Lessona is a red wine-specific DOC of the Piedmont wine region in north-western Italy. It is one of several Piedmontese wines to be based on the region's native Nebbiolo grape variety, the most famous of which are Barolo and Barbaresco.
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Price: £29.00
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Lessona, 1997

Az. Agr. Sella

Lessona is a red wine-specific DOC of the Piedmont wine region in north-western Italy. It is one of several Piedmontese wines to be based on the region's native Nebbiolo grape variety, the most famous of which are Barolo and Barbaresco.
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Price: £49.00
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Martinez Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port

A classy Port, full-bodied and brimming with fruit flavour and silky, fine tannins that kick in on the finish. A subtle wine that takes you by surprise.

Tasting notes: Good aromas and flavours of pepper, raisin and ripe fruit in this young vintage Port. Medium-bodied, medium-sweet, with a fresh aftertaste.

Martinez Gassiot goes almost unnoticed in the Vintage Port circles, but the house often makes outstanding Ports that equal on better those of its sister house, Cockburn's Smithes.

Production of Martinez Vintage Port is limited, with only about 3,000 cases made in a declaration. Martinez include only one single quinta called Eira Velha, located west of Pinhão Valley, Eira Velha encompasses about 120 acres.
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Price: £39.95
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Messias Port, 1997

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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.

75 cl
20% ABV
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Price: £42.50
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Messias Port

20 Year Old Tawny Port
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Simply the best value 20 year old tawny port on the market -
awarded an exceptional 95 points by Decanter

Reviews:
*** 95 Points Decanter Magazine ***
Very pale amber/tawny/orange colour. Fine and delicate aromas of hazelnuts and candied citrus. Quince marmalade character, delicate in style, with finesse and poise. Seemingly quite dry in style towards the finish (not as obviously rich as some here), and supremely refined. 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
(Decanter.com)

*Bottled in 2014
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Price: £29.95
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Nebbiolo D'Alba, 1997

Achille Viglione

The Nebbiolo d'Alba has a lovely earthy bouquet. The nose has cherries, dark cherries, tar and slight dried rose notes. Complex and layered. Nice acidity. Medium tannins still present. Cherries on the palate too. Nice finish. Great food wine. Nebbiolo is a fickle grape famed as much for its pale appearance as for its tannic character and produces some of the most perfumed and richly flavored wines. Though generally only medium-bodied, the wines possess rose and anise scented aromatics and deep flavors of cherry, orange peel and subtle green herb tones.
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Price: £49.00
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Quinta do Vale D. Maria, 1997

Vintage Port

A deep, even, thick burgundy red appearance, though still with some sign of youth. Utterly gorgeous, seductive nose with perfumed plum, blackberry and mulberry, and also some very fresh tobacco notes. Wow! Get those black fruits on the palate. Very dry, almost sour fruits. Port-lite. The tannins are now quite sandy, but there's still plenty of life ahead of this. Haunting length. This really is a lovely drop.
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Price: £59.95
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Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port, 1997

Vintage Port

Quinta do Vesuvio's saturated blue/purple colour is dense. Impressive in the mouth, with full body, sweet creme de cassis and blackberry liqueur intermixed with smoke, earth, and spice, this sensual effort possesses elegance allied to power and authority. Complex, fat, rich, and intense, it is an exceptionally stylish, graceful effort.
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Price: £74.95
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Rosso Toscano, 1997

Il Sodaccio - Montevertine -

The Il Sodaccio 1997 is a red wine, made by Azienda Agricola Montevertine. Its origin is Vino da Tavola in Tuscany, Italy. It is made from the Sangiovese grape. Planted in 1972 and completely replanted in the year 2000, surface 1.5 hectares, exposed towards SE.
Wine Spectator 91/100
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Price: £79.00
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Rosso Toscano, 1997

Maestro Raro - Berardenga

The grapes come from the vineyards Rancia Piccola and Poggiolo, the first also called Maestro Raro, adjacent and similar to that of Rancia. The best-known and most widely-planted red grape in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon, was planted here, right in the locus of the Felsina terroir at its most classic. First vintage 1987.
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Price: £69.00
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Rosso Toscano, 1997

Lucente - La Vite - Frescobaldi

It has been an eccellent, outstanding year for Tuscan wines.
The warm sunny days of September and the fi rst part of October
defi nitely contributed to the superb quality of the vintage. The harvest
revealed an outstanding degree of concentration in the grapes, as well
as optimal sugar and phenol levels.
The color is an extremely deep ruby red with luminous refl ections.
The bouquet shows great intensity of ripe fruit, with clean and
attractive aromas of dark cherries, dried plums, soft spices and a hint
of vanilla. On the palate, the wine is warm, with well-balanced acidity,
excellent fruit density and polished, sweet tannins.
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Price: £59.00
Stock: 7 in Stock