1978 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: 1979-port1978 was a good Port vintage, although not a declared one; the wines are not outstanding but are still attractive and drinkable. 1978 was the year when the labelling of 'single quinta' became popular. Michael Symington, Head Winemaker at Symington Family Estates (Owners of Warre's, Dow's, Cockburn's, Smith Woodhouse and Graham's among others) wrote of the 1978 vintage "Musts showed exceptional colour and body and very dark, heavy wines have certainly been made. Not a trace of mould or rot was to be seen on the grapes coming in, and seldom can a Vintage have been made from more uniformly healthy grapes."
 
Italian: 1978 was a trouble free vintage across the Tuscany region with an early spring, warm but not excessively hot summer and well distributed rainfall. There was a certain amount of rain early in the harvest but those producers who picked later benefited from a period of uninterrupted fine weather. Altogether for Tuscany this was a 4 out of 5 Vintage. Conversely, the year started with cold and damp weather in Piedmont. Spring was particularly wet with lower than average seasonal temperatures; not until the second half of June did the weather pick up, too late for the flowering, which took place in very wet conditions causing a significant reduction in the crop. After light rains at the beginning of September, the weather suddenly turned around and the rest of the month was hot and dry with a marked difference between day and nighttime temperatures. The dramatic improvement continued through until the end of the Nebbiolo harvest during the third week of October. Natural selection and a warm autumn meant a very small crop of thick-skinned Nebbiolo grapes in Barolo and Barbaresco. By the end of the season this hailed as a great, long-lived vintage with a rating of 5/5. The produce of an exceptional vintage, 1970 ageing wine such as Barolo would make an excellent 43 year old wine gift for any birthday or anniversary.
 
Bordeaux: The 1978 wine vintage was excellent for the Bordeaux region. The dry, hot summer produced wines that were medium-bodied, deeply coloured, fruity and moderately tannic. The wines reached their peak of maturity in the 1990s but are still drinking well now and will continue to do so for some years to come.
 

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Barbaresco, 1978

Gaja

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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Barbera d'Asti, 1978

Luigi Calissano

Barbera d'Asti is a wine of prestige, rich colours that refer generally to the ruby purple, just what clothes cardinals; the bouquet is ample and composite, with fruity notes of blackberry, cherry, strawberry and red fruit jam and spicy aromas reminiscent of cinnamon, vanilla, green pepper.
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Bordeaux, 1978

Chateau Prince Laraurey

Bordeaux, in the south-west of France, needs little introduction to anyone with an interest in wine. One of the world's most prolific wine regions, it also manages to rank among the most famous and prestigious. The secrets of Bordeaux's wine success (other than magical Bordeaux Blend) are its three trump cards: diversity, quality and quantity. The majority of Bordeaux wines are the dry, medium-bodied reds that made the region famou
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Burmester Port, 1978

Colheita Port

This is a wine of exceptional quality and elegance, a Casa Burmester classic that is made from a single harvest - a "Vintage Tawny" - aged in small 550-litre oak barrels in our Vila Nova de Gaia Cellars. It is bottled, at the very least, after seven years and in accordance with demand.

This is a wine of exceptional quality and elegance. Colheita ports are made from a single harvest - a "Vintage Tawny" - aged in small oak barrels. It is bottled, at the very least, after seven years and in accordance with demand.


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Chateau Brane Cantenac, 1978

Margaux, 3rd Growth Classification

The 1978 Brane Cantinac has a dark ruby garnet with browning at the edges, a ripe intense bouquet of cassis, fruit, cedar and vanillin oakiness.
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Chateau d'Issan, 1978

Margaux 3me Cru Classe

From the good 1978 vintage, this wine still has a quite dark colour with a moderate amount of age showing
around the rim. The bouquet is a little earthy at first but reveals some complexity. The taste is much better than the bouquet reavealing some typical cassis fruit and medium length finish.
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Chateau Haut Batailley, 1978

Pauillac 5th Growth Classification

A very charming, supple wine that is a delight to drink now, the 1978 Haut-Batailley is a straightforward, effusively fruity wine, with a nice touch of spicy oak, light tannins, and a warm, round finish. Ready now.
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Chateau La Lagune, 1978

Medoc Grand Cru Classe

Evolved mature colour with orange hues. Pleasant nose with fruity scents. In the mouth there is still a lot of body at the start. A very good wine
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Chateau Leoville Poyferre, 1978

St Julien 2me Growth Classification

A deep tawny rim with a mahogany core. This has a delightful nose, very good intensity with notes of cooked meats, roasted chestnut, toffee and a touch of marzipan. It smells as if it is from a hot vintage! After five minutes in the glass, it become a little muffled but develops a touch of mint. The palate certainly has more fruit concentration than the 1980, a rounded texture, quite sharp acidity with notes of sour cherry, a touch of leather and a dry, rather gamey, but attenuated finish. Not bad for a 1978
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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1978

Pauillac, 1st Growth Classification

A deep garnet core with tawny rim. The bouquet displays good intensity, cohesive, earthy, leathery but well defined and gaining potency. The palate is medium-bodied with some attractive decayed black cedar-infused leafy fruit with tobacco and a touch of graphite. Good persistency towards the slightly bitter finish with touches of soy and pain grille. Neil Martin, Wine Journal, Tasted September 2008.

Rating 90 Points (Wine Journal)


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Chateau Tour St Bonnet, 1978

Medoc

From the 1978 vintage, the Chateau St Bonnet has a good deep colour and is in good condition.
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Cotes de Bourg, 1978

Chateau La Grolet

The 1978 Cotes de Bourg is deep ruby in colour with garnet rim. Some class on the nose, black fruits, leather and white pepper. The palate gives purity of fruit and soft tannins. A very enjoyable and food-worthy claret.
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Delaforce Vintage Port, 1978

Quinta da Corte Vintage port

Review in the Port Forum
"Pale auburn in colour, with a rose rim. Floral honey on the nose, pleasant but not strong. Dusty sweet redcurrant jelly on the tongue, with the tannins showing through as a gentle dusty persistence. Floral and rose-water flavours in the mouth, not a heavyweight, but perfectly pleasant drinking. Nice redcurrant aftertaste, with an enjoyable slight bitterness to the finish." AHB Port Forum 2010
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Ferreira, 1978

Ferreira Vintage Port

This Port is now beginning to reach its full maturity and is ready for drinking. As it ages further, it will begin to develop gently into a more tawny style Port. This Port should probably be drunk over the next few years although it is still showing remarkable balance and finesse.
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Feuerheerd Port, 1978

Vintage Port

A very rare bottle of Feuerheerd's 1978 Port.

Tasting notes:
Colour, Mature almost tawny colour. Bouquet, Old pharmacy and some ether in the nose, but also some Christmas raisin and dried fruit. Score range, 14.50 - 15.90. Taste, Medium body. Mature and even a little old port. Sweet. Liquorice in flavour. A good finish and very likeable. Source: vintageport.se
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Graham's Port, 1978

Malvedos Vintage Port

1978 harvest was quite exceptional. The warm, summer ripening conditions produced this wonderful Vintage Port from Grahams, shipped down from the terraced vineyards in the upper Douro Valley to ripen and mature in the warehouses of on the Atlantic shores. The grapes used in this port were grown on class A terroir producing a port that reaches maturity at 12 to 15 years. Today this Grahams Vintage 1978 emerges in all its beauty and splendor Its ruby robe with the tawny highlights conceals a bouquet of ripe, candied fruits and spices. Intoxicating aromas and a complex palate with peppery, caramelly notes complete the picture.
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Inferno, 1978

Nino Negri

Inferno is one of five viticultural sub-zones specifically identified as producing Valtellina wines of particularly high quality: the other four are Grumello, Sassella, Maroggia and Valgella. Inferno means 'hell' in Italian, and refers to the slopes between Sondrio town and the village of Tresivio. Although DOC laws do not explain the origins of this name, it has been suggested that in summer the slopes here get noticeably hotter than the rest of the valley. Just across Sondrio to the west is Sassella, the finest of the Valtellina sub-zones.
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Kopke Port, 1978

Colheita Port
Decanter 2021 Silver Award Winner
Comes in Original Gift Box

***94 Points- Mark Squires, eRobertParker.com 23 March 2016***

Review:
The 1978 Kopke Colheita Tawny Port was bottled in 2015 with 119 grams per litre of residual sugar and a bar top cork (typical for the house). It is very graceful for its age, finishing with a wave of sweetness, fruit and sugar. Emphasizing the caramel more than the molasses, this is irresistibly delicious, but it becomes more complex and puts on weight as it airs and warms. The wine shows off its power and hints of Brandy on the rather tense finish, too. Overall, this is a beauty that becomes more impressive the longer you sit with it.
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Madeira, 1978

Barbeito Vinhos - Sercial - Frasqueira

Ricardo Freitas is the managing director and winemaker for Vinhos Barbeito. He grew up surrounded by the magical old vintages of Madeira that his grandfather collected and sold. His winemaking, blending and tasting ability has made him one of the leading figures of winemaking on the island. In fact, none other than the esteemed Jancis Robinson has referred to the wines of Barbeito as "the Lafite of Madeira."

The 1978 Barbeito Sercial was aged in old French oak casks since February 1979 and bottled in December of 2003. Deep amber in color with a mesmerizing nose of orange peel, almond and smoke.
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Nebbiolo, 1978

La Spinona - Brutti Pietro

The Nebbiolo 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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Nebbiolo D'Alba, 1978

Podere Podio e Carretta Fam. Veglia - EC

Nebbiolo d'Alba renowned for is longevity, is considered the premiere varietal of northwestern Italy. It is used for the Famous Barolo wines and is believed to have been cultivated in the Langhe district before the fourteenth century.Nebbiolo-based wines, acid and astringent in youth, evolve with maturation into some of the most well-structured, longest living, and richly scented wines.
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Niepoort Port, 1978

Colheita Port

Light mahogany, very slightly cloudy. Dried orange peel. Cherry. Just a little tannin. Good complexity. Nice spice, cinnamon and clove. Some vanilla. Dusty. Caramel and christmas spice.
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Oltrepo, 1978

Tenuta Frecciarossa - Odero

The Frecciarossa estate sits above the small town of Casteggio, in the hills of Oltrepò Pavese, at the same latitude as Piemonte, Burgundy and Bordeaux. Like these other famous regions, Oltrepo Pavese has been a wine growing area since the days of Ancient Rome. Its particular combination of soil (clay and lime), wine-making tradition and local climate account for Frecciarossa's unique terroir.
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Perricone, 1978

Europa srl


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Quinta da Eira Velha, 1978

Vintage Port

this 1978 Vintage Port from Eira Velha has a deep colour with a very good, rich, intense, rather high-toned, figgy, raisiny nose; a big sweet wine, with a very attractive, slightly raisiny flavour, touch of leanniness, otherwise excellent balance.
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