2 bottle pack.
The millennium vintage was more than a numerical milestone in Oporto. This great fine wine region was one of the last to adopt technology. As well as a very careful selection from this tiny, but brilliant harvest, 2000 saw the more widespread used of auto-vinification coupled with careful management of the ferment. The wines were a hit.
Jancis Robinson’s blind tasting rated Dow alongside the rare and valuable Noval Nacional with 18.5 points, and Fonseca only half a point behind … and she says ‘Fonseca much better when not tasted blind’. The lodges won’t make a vintage Port unless they believe it will age for 40 years, with 21 years being the time to start tucking in. Neil Martin of the Wine Advocate was equally enthusiastic – but scored them the other way around!
You'll get one bottle each of:
– 2000 Fonseca Vintage Port
‘exudes finesse and focus on the nose, with pure blackberry, juniper berries, licorice and a touch of sloes’ (96/100, The Wine Advocate)
– 2000 Dow's Vintage Port
‘A deeper in colour than the Fonseca, Dow has a lifted nose with fruitcake, damson and black plum. The more that you inhale its perfume the more complex it seems’ (95+/100, Neil Martin)