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About the 1974 vintage
1974 Italian :
The 1974 wine vintage was celebrated as a great vintage at the time and is now considered to be very good. The 1974 vintage produced a large crop. It was close to 1964 but less quality. The 1974 summer was hot and dry and a mild autumn allowed the grapes to ripen fully. The wines produced are characterised as being fairly firm and tannic with low acidity but good, rich fruit. The harvest time was very long and lasted through November. The wines have reached full maturity but continue to hold.
1974 Bordeaux :
A massive crop was produced but the 1974 wines were hard and tannic and lacked the ripeness of the 1975 vintage. Although the wines will not improve further with age, they are still very drinkable.
1974 Vintage Port :
1974 Port. Some excellent single harvest colheitas were produced. For the vintage ports it was a moderate year that was not declared by the major port houses. Despite a huge crop, very few vintage port-wines were bottled from this year and the bottles are very rare.
1974 wine Gift Ideas
Tawny Ports of this age, the oldest designation allowed, are true rarities. This sublime port of great age and rarity has been aged in casks for an average age of 40 years. The port shows the old olive-gold hue of its many years in cask. Decades of evaporation have concentrated the wine to an exceptional density. Impressions of clove, nutmeg and an intense nuttiness converge both on the bouquet and palate. The wine's lush, almost viscous texture culminates in a finish of incredible length. Peter Symington recommends, “Aged Tawny Ports are not designed to age in bottle and therefore should not be kept in a cellar for further ageing. As they have always lived in an oxygenated atmosphere they do not deteriorate quickly when opened and can be kept for a month or so after being opened.”
Only tiny quantities of this aged tawny port are produced each year, making the wines extremely rare and amongst the most revered in the world. This Tawny port has been aged in oak casks for an average age of 40 years. During their long maturation they become tawny in colour and concentrated in their aromas. This port has very intense and elegant flavours which combine to give a smooth, fine finish.
MAGNUM+ 1.75L ***Please note that due to the shape of the bottle it cannot fit into a gift box*** A lovely bouquet with cherries and some underlying floral tones. Black fruits on the palate with some tannins evidents and a mineral element to the finish. A delicious chianti that is ready for drinking now.
*** 87 Points - Wine Journal *** Reviews " A real surprise. Typical minerally nose with the Merlot really showing through. Quite sweet an intense. Fine ripeness on the palate, open-knit with a touch of volatility. Spicy exotic finish. Much better than expected and a success". Neil Martin 2002
Red, browning color. Beautiful nose with aromas of red cherries, tomato, flowers, marzipan and smoke. Juicy and lively on the palate with notes of fresh red fruit, strawberries, cherries and wild forest berries. Some smoke and incense on the midpalate and finish. Very lively acidity and surprisingly powerful tannins make this appear much younger than I would have guessed. Drinking very well and will keep doing so for several more years.
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