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Colheita

This extraordinary 1976 Port wine was born during one of the hottest and driest years in 20th-century Europe. With meticulous care, it fermented in granite vats and aged for nearly 50 years in chestnut wood barrels. Today, it offers a harmonious and intricate palate, with notes of creme brulee, nuts, spices, and citrus, that will surely tantalize your taste buds and leave a lasting impression.

1976

TASTING NOTES

Colour

Light brick, green edge

AROMA

This wine's aroma is as elegant as it is complex, with a delightful medley of flavors that include creme brulee, nuts, caramel, almonds, hazelnuts, spices, and citrus.

PALATE

The palate of this port wine is skillfully balanced, exhibiting exceptional precision and a complex array of flavors. The initial taste is sweet, followed by a pleasant acidity that balances the sweetness perfectly. As you continue to sip, you'll notice the subtle presence of spices, which gradually intensify, culminating in a remarkably long and spicy aftertaste. Additionally, notes of creamy creme brulee re-emerge, adding to the wine's overall richness and complexity.

PRESS COMMENTS & ACCOLADES

Wine Advocate

94/100
Reviewed by Mark Squires on May 24, 2023

The 1976 Colheita Tawny Port is a field blend, roughly Touriga Franca (35%), Tinta Roriz (20%), Touriga Nacional (15%), Tinta Barroca (10%) and others, bottled in May 2023 with a long cork and 123 grams of residual sugar. It is only here in the Colheita lineup from the producer this time that we begin to get some serious complexity, and that’s why this one wins in the group. It is also, certainly, the most concentrated in flavors, leaning to dark caramel, although not as notable in mid-palate depth. Most of all, it has that nuanced finish. It still has notable freshness and it is still reasonably youthful, far from decayed. Nicely balanced and rather elegant, it is pretty tasty and hard to resist. This is a fine Colheita that wins points for both complexity and its tasty conclusion. As I like to note, barring cork failures, this will likely hold indefinitely. Of course, Colheitas don’t need to be held, so dive in.

Technical Information

Grape Varieties

Undetermined

SPECIFICATIONS

Alcohol - 20,00% Total Acidity - 5,8 (g/l) pH - 3,42 Residual Sugar - 143 (g/l)

Winemaking Details

Viticulture:
One of the hottest and driest years in Europe in the 20th century, with record-breaking heatwaves and droughts, but still, we managed to obtain some high-quality wines despite the difficult conditions.

Fermentation:
Crafted with care, this wine was fermented in granite vats, which helped to preserve its natural qualities.

Aging:
After fermentation, the wine was aged in 550 liter chestnut wood barrels until it was ready for bottling, in 2023. This process imparted a unique flavor profile to the wine, resulting in a well-balanced and refined taste.

Winemaker:
Claudia Quevedo

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