1961 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: While not generally a declared year, the hot weather produced some concentrated ports in 1961. The harvest started in extremely hot conditions at the river quinta in early September, progressing in other areas until the end of the month making it a long, drawn out vintage. The picking required a very rigorous selection which entailed picking out the burnt and imperfect grapes from the bunches before putting them in the baskets. This led to a small harvest, making bottles from this year quite rare. Making a great 61 year old wine gift for any birthday or anniversary, the 1961 ports produced are still drinking well today.
 
Italian: In Italy, 1961 is considered to be one of the greatest vintages of the 20th century. The wines from Piedmont (Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera) and Tuscany (Chianti, Brunello) are outstanding. Now fully mature these wines, with careful cellaring, will still keep for many years to come.
 
Bordeaux: This is one of the legendary vintages of the century. Although most of the 1961 wines are now fading slowly, the top examples continue to shine through offering concentrated, ripe fruit with amazing bouquets. The crop was tiny and there are very few examples available. Provided the bottles have been stored correctly these wines should last for another few years.
 

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1961 Calem Port, 1961

Colheita Port
Includes own cardboard gift box
Decanter 2020 Best in Show Award

Decanter 2020 World Wine Awards Best in Show Award

A fabulous gift for a 60th anniversary. The 1961 Calem is an award wining Colheita Port from the 1961 harvest that has been stored in barrels for most of its life before being bottled in 2020. It is in perfect condition and will keep for many years to come.

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Decanter Best in Show Winner.
"This single-vintage tawny port is older than its 40 Year Old Best In Show sibling, but the fact that it is unblended (and has perhaps spent time in glass as well as barrel) gives it a very different character: lighter, more graceful and more fugitive,
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1961 Graham's Malvedos Port, 1961

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Malvedos Crusted Port
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A very rare single quinta crusted port from Graham's.

Graham's owns Quinta dos Malvedos an historic estate in a prime location. In the past their estate ports was produced this Crusted, an unusual and unique traditional Port wine style. Port Crusted is a batch of full-bodied wines that age in large wooden casks, two years for this Grahams, then are bottled unfiltered and remain in the cellar for a few years before being released to the market.
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Amarone della Valpolicella, 1961

Bertani

This wine is made from grapes harvested in various vineyards located on hills in the Valpolicella zone (Mezzane and Tregnago hills). Different sources and different grape varieties are important to obtain well-balanced wines with the fine structure that only a few single areas in the Valpolicella zone can provide. Notes: Color: strong ruby red. Clear and transparent. Bouquet: notes of vanilla and ethereal airs depending on the period of aging in the barrel; notes of sweet fruits such as currants, blueberries, cherries depending on the varieties of grapes. Flavor: wine with a velvety, raisiny character combined with the structure and typical stylish bitterness to give it good balance.
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Price: $411.49 USD
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Chateau Doisy-Vedrines, 1961

Barsac

Doisy-Védrines is the largest of the three Doisy vineyards in Barsac (the other two are Doisy-Daëne and Doisy-Dubroca) that started to achieve acclaim in the early 19th century and was named a Second Growth in the Classicfication of 1955. This is a vintage that produced hard, firm wines even in Sauternes, wines that required decades of cellaring.
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Price: $369.64 USD
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Fonseca Port, 1961

Guimaraens Vintage Port (library release from Fonseca cellars Oporto)

rare Bottles of Fonseca Single Quinta Vintage Port obtained directly from the Fonseca Cellars in Oporto

Tasting note: Core of deep tawny brown with a broad amber rim. Beautifully mature and seductive nose, full of rich figgy plum pudding aromas and hints of butterscotch and fine caramel. Ripe fruity notes of apricot and plum emerge with time, followed by discreet nuances of spice and new oak. On the palate the wine coats the tongue with its dense velvety texture and warm mellow flavours which persist into the long finish. A wonderfully mature and complex wine, now absolutely at its peak, displaying the characteristic Fonseca opulence to an extraordinary degree.
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Price: $969.44 USD
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Fonseca Port, 1961

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Guimaraens Vintage Port
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Rare bottles of the 1961 Fonseca Guimaraens Vintage Port

Tasting note: Core of deep tawny brown with a broad amber rim. Beautifully mature and seductive nose, full of rich figgy plum pudding aromas and hints of butterscotch and fine caramel. Ripe fruity notes of apricot and plum emerge with time, followed by discreet nuances of spice and new oak. On the palate the wine coats the tongue with its dense velvety texture and warm mellow flavours which persist into the long finish. A wonderfully mature and complex wine, now absolutely at its peak, displaying the characteristic Fonseca opulence to an extraordinary degree.
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Price: $550.98 USD
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Gattinara, 1961

Castello di Lozzolo - Berteletti

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: $207.84 USD
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Krohn Port, 1961

Vintage Port - Library release from Krohn cellars

Tasting note: Tawny brown of medium intensity and a narrow amber rim. The nose of this wine is sumptuous in its richness and complexity. The undercurrent of creamy butterscotch aroma is overlaid with notes of vanilla and raisin, a discreet fragrance of violets and pungent resiny scents of garigue. The palate is round and velvety, finishing with a surge of rich caramel flavour. A seductive Vintage Port, one of the best examples from this year.
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Price: $690.47 USD
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Merlot, 1961

Trevisiol & Figli

Merlot can also produce a delightful and intriguing pure varietal wine. While Merlot has a long history of use as a blending wine, pure Merlot wines have been relatively slow in gaining momentum in Italy. That too has changed and today some of the world’s best Merlot wines bear Italian labels.
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Price: $138.09 USD
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Pertinace Antico, 1961

F.lli Minuto fu Felice


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Price: $179.94 USD
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Salento, 1961

Ruffino Rosso

Salento is in the region of Puglia on the heel of Italy. The Ruffino is a fortified wine made predominantly from the primitivo grape. The wine has a liquorice and spice bouquet, a mediaum body and a long alcoholic finish.
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Price: $221.79 USD
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Salento, 1961

Bianco, Ruffino

Salento is in the region of Puglia on the heel of Italy. The Ruffino is a fortified wine made predominantly from the primitivo grape. The wine has a liquorice and spice bouquet, a mediaum body and a long alcoholic finish.
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Spanna, 1961

Castello Lozzolo - Berteletti - Riserva

Spanna has often been cited by wine experts as one of Italy’s greatest ageing wines. Spanna’s longevity can be attributed, at least in part, to the addition of smaller amounts of less tannic, more acidic grape varieties. Tasting notes: The nose opens up beautifully after about an hour and the wine has gorgeous ripe and sweet fruit, nice acidity, and perfectly softened tannins.
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Price: $179.94 USD
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Taylor's Port, 1961

Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port

A rare example of the 1961 vintage. Single quinta vintage showing some of the characteristics of the very hot and dry 1961 vintage.


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Price: $690.47 USD
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Orvieto, 1961

Rosso Rubino, Morino - Gran Riserva


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Price: $124.14 USD
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Sauternes, 1961

Chateau Mauras

This is a classic Sauternes with a great deal of sweetness, plenty of ripeness, and obvious aromas of toasty, smoky new oak. The wine exhibits finesse and complexity, a style of Sauternes that will have its admirers, particularly among those who like to drink these wines as an aperitif.
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Price: $319.43 USD
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