The 2017 Vintage Port is a powerful and classic example of what was arguably one of the greatest Port vintages in several decades. With plenty of rain through the winter and spring to help the grapes sustain the warm summer and a very hot August, maturation was perfect for the grapes to stand alone in a vintage bottling. Hand-harvested fruit was brought in to the cellar for an old-fashioned foot crushing into large concrete lagares to begin natural fermentation. When halted by fortification with grape brandy, the wine was then aged for three years in stainless steel before being bottled. Like vintage Port always promises, this wine is robust and concentrated, while having compact precision and amazing elegance on the palate. Inky in color with brambly black fruits and spice in the nose and mouth, this Port will be incredibly long-lived, and is an over-sized chair and fireplace’s best friend.