2011 has been a stunningly good year for port with the wines hailed as 'classics', with a character rarely seen in the Douro Valley. Good concentration and, what Paul Symington describes as a “marked minerality from the schistous Douro soils”, has been matched by impressive levels of acidity". David Guimaraens the Winemaker at Taylor Fladgate concured, “the 2011s stand out for the purity of the fruit and the quality of the tannins, which are silky and well integrated but provide plenty of structure.” “It’s the first time since 2007 that every grower has declared the vintage but it’s not just that it’s a universal declaration; the quality of the wines is extraordinary.
"….overall, the 2011s justify the hype that has fomented around their release. Collectively they form a delightful, occasionally profound set of young Ports with glistening futures ahead. While the fineness of the tannins and freshness may lure some to relish their precocious youth, there is no escaping the fact that few beverages surpass Port when they pass thirty years of age……..these are truly wonderful Vintage Ports that will reward extended cellaring. Declarations are, more often than not, promises that are kept."
Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com
"2011 vintage Port is exceptional! I tasted almost 50 samples, and I have to say that the 2011 is the best since the legendary 1994 - and perhaps even better. It reminds me of the 1966, or 1927." James Suckling
"I have never been as excited by the launch of a clutch of vintage ports. The quality of the best examples, of which there are many, is outstanding." Jancis Robinson MW
In short, all is balanced and harmonious and the long trm prospects are very good indeed, or even better… “almost unprecedented”, one may say.
Simon Field MW, Port Buyer