98 Points from James Suckling
Loads of wet earth and grape aromas with hints of stems. Old vine aromas of bark and moss. Full-bodied, sweet and structured with a big kick on the end. Very impressive. Exceptional layers of fruit and energy. A stronger and more muscular Warre.
97 Points from Wine Spectator
Lush and inviting in feel, with a beautifully creamy texture that lets plum sauce, blueberry reduction and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors glide along effortlessly. Notes of violet, anise and black tea are beguiling in the background before melding seamlessly on the finish. This shimmers with fruit, balanced by depth and spine. Best from 2035 through 2055
96 Points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Relatively accessible, this still shows some impressive firmness to go with its fine concentration. An elegant wine this may be, as Charles Symington called it, but it is still admirable for its structure, even if the whole package is a little understated. Its fruit and mid-palate are nicely supported by moderate tannins. It evolves well with air, easily showing vivid and fresh fruit. It is beautifully textured as well. This is a fine Warre's Port, holding its own next to Dow, better than the 2016 Warre and a force in its own right. It is one of the best in a while. It is relatively accessible but not ready.
95 Points from Wine & Spirits
This is an unusually powerful vintage of Warre’s— “A huge wine,” said Craig Ganzer, a rare-wine appraiser who joined our 2017 Porto panel. “As big and rich as it is, it’s not clunky or cloying.” The power and mass comes from different sides, including a heavy drape of oak and a complete range of fruit at what feels like optimal ripeness, with raspberry and darker blueberry notes creating a mouthwatering sensation. Notes of hibiscus and pressed flowers tie directly into the tannins through the wine’s beeswax density. This has the remarkable integration that is a hallmark of the vintage, and a vinous character that should be fascinating to revisit as the wine ages.
The structure and complexity of the old vines was balanced with great acidity and freshness from the Cavadinha grapes and the superb floral aromatics from the two Touriga varieties harvested at Quinta da Telhada. Due to the very cool nights during the vintage, the grapes arrived at the Cavadinha lagar winery so cold in the mornings that, in effect, they had a ‘cold soak maceration’ before fermentation began, favouring excellent aromatic extraction. Harvesting finished at Cavadinha on October 10th, a couple of days before the weather broke. More perfect harvesting conditions could not have been hoped for.
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