TASTING NOTE: Intense ripe fruit, plum pudding aromas. Opulent creamy nose with violet notes. Great richness and pungency to the fruit. Perfect balance on the palate with lovely fat rounded fruit flavours and good firm grip. Long, elegant and flavoursome finish.
JAMES SUCKLING/ WINE SPECTATOR: “Wonderful and classy, with superb balance. Very dark and inky, featuring thick berry, tar and violet aromas and flavors. Sweet and silky with a long finish.”
ROBERT PARKER /THE WINE ADVOCATE
FEBRUARY 1995 – 93 POINTS
“The 1991 Guimaraens is the most impressive bottle I have tasted of this offering. The opaque purple color, and sweet, copious aromas of cassis, licorice, and flowers, are followed by a supple. rich, full bodied, precocious tasting port that is already easy to drink. … It is extremely impressive because of its sumptuous texture and rich, pure fruit.”
CLIVE COATES /THE VINE: “Fine colour. Lovely fragrant fruit on the nose. Very ripe and very classy, but not quite the strength for true vintage (as in the 1992). Lovely balance. This is cool and composed. Very good acidity. Long. Fragrant. Elegant. Fine.”
NOTES ON THE YEAR: The Winter of 1990/1 was generally dry until early January, when there was heavy rain until March. April was also wet and flowering took place in May, in warm dry weather.
The summer was hot and dry and the flower set was excellent, resulting in a lot of fruit on the vines. Warm days and cool nights ensured long fermentations with excellent colour extraction. Sugar levels were above normal and, indeed, continued to rise during the course of the vintage. Rain fell on the 29th September but, due to dryness of the soil, it did not enter the root system and there was no colour dilution. Picking resumed on the 30th under textbook conditions.