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Warres Vintage Port Reviews 

Warres Vintage Port Reviews

Learn More About Warres Vintage Port Through its Reviews.

2017 Warres Vintage Port Reviews 

98 Pointz James Suckling

“Loads of wet earth and grape aromas with hints of stems. Old vine aromas of bark and moss. Full-bodied, sweet, and structured with a big kick on the end. Very impressive. Exceptional layers of fruit and energy. A stronger and more muscular Warre.”

97 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Lush and inviting in feel, with a beautifully creamy texture that lets plum sauce, blueberry reduction, and raspberry pate de fruit flavors glide along effortlessly. Notes of violet, anise, and black tea are beguiling in the background before melding seamlessly on the finish. This shimmers with fruit, balanced by depth and spine. Best from 2035 through 2055.”  

96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Relatively accessible, this still shows some impressive firmness to go with to go on with its fine concentration. An elegant wine this may be, as Charles Symington called it, but it is still admirable for its structure, even if the whole package is a little understated. Its fruit and mid-palate are nicely supported by moderate tannins. It evolves well with the air, easily showing vivid and fresh fruit. It is beautifully textured as well. This is a fine Warre’s Port, holding its own next to Dow, better than the 2016 Warre and a force in its own right. It's one of the Best in a while. It is relatively accessible but not ready.”     

95 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“This is an unusually powerful vintage of Watte’s- “A huge wine” said Craig Ganzer, a rare wine appraiser who joined our 2017 Porto panel. 

“As big and rich as it is, it's not clunky or cloying. The power and mass comes from different sides, including a heavy drape of oak and a complete range of fruit at what feels like optimal ripeness, with raspberry and darker blueberry notes creating a mouthwatering sensation. Notes of hibiscus and pressed flowers tie directly into the tannins through the wine’s beeswax density. This has the remarkable integration that is a hallmark of the vintage, and a vinous character that should be fascinating to revisit as the wine ages”

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

“A ripe, floral wine that has many layers of black fruits with a fresh touch of acidity. The wine is dense while also elegant and poised with tannins and fruit already in balance. That suggests the Port will age relatively quickly. Drink from 2025.”


2016 Warres Vintage Port Reviews 

98 Pointz Wine Spectator

#14 Top 100 Wines of 2018

“Gorgeous, with warm plum reduction and gently steeped raspberry, blackberry, and boysenberry fruit flavors forming the core, all inlaid with warm ganache and smoldering tobacco accents. Very plush in feel, but has no lack of energy, as everything sails beautifully through the long finish. A late echo of anise completes the seduction.”

96 Pointz James Suckling

“Very complex with dried flowers and roses. Full-bodied, very layered, and tightly wound. Chewy and powerful. Firm and off-dry. Needs five or six years to soften. Beauty. Try in 2024.”

96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

“This is a juicy wine, with dense black fruits that are cut by bright acidity. The tannins give power and long-term aging potential to this impressive wine. Drink from 2028.”

94 Pointz Vinous

“The 2016 Warre’s Vintage Port was picked from 19 September, the harvest took 10 days longer than usual in order to gain optimal ripeness. It has a tightly wound but compelling bouquet with intense black fruit laced with clove, nutmeg, and touches of smoke. This is a Warre’s with great precision and detail. The palate is sheer class: saturated ripe tannin that belie the structure underneath. There is a symmetry about this Vintage Port and a tension that keeps you returning for more. Wow. This is one of the finest Warre’s that I have tasted at declaration. Bravo! Production is 4,250 cases.”

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2016 Vintage Port is a 46/37 blend from old vines and Touriga Nacional, with Touriga Franca making up the rest. It was bottled in May 2018 with 113 grams of residual sugar. The fruit on this is gloriously expressive and concentrated. It's classic and delicious, but it doesn't show the power and structure of the top wines. Charles Symington called it very elegant. Or, say, understated and approachable. It is pretty delicious, though, and I have to give this some props just because it is. Don't expect it to be the best ager in the group. There were 4,250 cases produced.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

98 Pointz Decanter

“Nearly 50% is made from old field blend vines, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca from the Douro Superior. Very pure violet aromas – already utterly charming with lovely, supple, and seamless fruit. Fresh and lithe with fine-grained tannins building in the mouth leading to a peacock’s tail of a finish. A beautiful wine with real poise, definition, and great finesse. Don’t be deceived by the early charm, this is a wine that will last. Drinking Window 2030-2055.”

17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Not quite as deep-coloured as Dow and Graham but almost! Very dark blackish crimson. Strongly aromatic with balsam notes. Smells as though this would be just the job with roast lamb somehow – in the same way as a redcurrant jelly. The acidity seems more marked than its grand stablemates Dow and Graham. Racy and sinewy.”

2011 Warres Vintage Port Reviews 

97 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Half of the lot for this wine comes from the Quinta da Cavadinha, Warre’s property on the western bank of the Pinhão River, a relatively cool site facing east. The balance is from Retiro, in the Rio Torto and Telhada, a property in the Douro Superior the Symingtons purchased in 2006. Old-vine mixed plantings make up 40 percent of the blend, lending it the kind of co-fermented complexity that makes this compellingly drinkable, delicious right now, as it will be for at least the next 20 or 30 years. Its graceful, reserved finish lasts with drive, a blend of green olive, blueberry skin, purple, and blackberry flavors layered over the scent of roses, esteva, black pepper, and the wild Douro scrub. If you’re looking to fall in love with Port, you could start here.”

96 Pointz James Suckling

“Extremely floral and fruity with hints of lilacs and crushed fruit. Full body with refined tannins integrated with a solid core of fruit, and a rich, round texture. This is lightly sweet and follows through to a long, long finish. 3,000 cases produced of this mechanically trodden wine.”

96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Top 100 Cellar Selection of 2013

“A dark, black-fruited wine, with the fruit hanging off the hard tannins. The wine is dark and concentrated, the fruit expressing itself as fragrant black currants. This dry wine is very firm and destined for a serious, long-term future.”

96 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Offers seamless flavors of kirsch, chocolate, dark plum, and allspice, fresh and elegant, with a towering structure and intense red berry accents. Unctuous and long on the finish, showing loads of grip.”

95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The Warre's Vintage was picked beginning on September 18 at Quinta da Cavindha, with fruit also sourced from Quinta do Retiro and Quinta da Telhada. It is a blend of 37% Touriga Naçional, 23% Tinta Franca, and 40% mixture of old vines. There is a lovely sea spray note on the 2011 Warre's that emerges after ten minutes in the glass. It is nicely defined with a tangible mineral component. The palate is very well-balanced with fine tannins, very well-judged acidity, and a languorous feel, as if everything is in place and it does not want to show off. This is a lovely, refined 2011 – one of the most elegant 2011s. This is a classic Warre’s.”

93 Pointz Stephen Tamzer’s

International Wine Cellar

“Bright ruby-red. Slightly high-toned aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet and licorice. Lush on entry, then densely packed and sweet in the middle, with fruit-driven flavors of kirsch, black raspberry, and cassis nicely support by sexy oak tannins. Surprisingly dry and classic on the finish, with harmonious acidity giving the wine terrific balance.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

96 Pointz Decanter

“One of the best vintages for decades. Closed, dense with plenty of floral fruit underneath. Ripe, pure cherry-stone fruit palate, sweet and gentle, very beautiful at this stage, ripe tannic core extending through to the finish. Stunningly good.”

18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Just 3,000 cases of this. More than half the wine is from Cavadinha which is quite high. Plus fruit for very far east. More open, much looser, and more obviously spicy than Graham. Rich and broad and chocolate wrapped prunes. Lots of fun and appeal. Finishes dry.”

2007 Warres Vintage Port Reviews

95 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Offers lovely perfumed aromas and beautiful raspberry and blackberry character, turning to tar, black truffle, and wet earth. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a balance of very chewy tannins and sugary fruit at the finish. This goes on and on. The great 1994 again?”

94 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“This massive, glass-coating wine has a purple edge deepening to the center, where it glows black. But rather than feeling massive, it's elegant, the way that the roar of a Moto Guzzi is elegant. It's mellow and relaxed as the flavors plow on for minutes in a crush of black satin. You might find green peppercorn, scents of edamame or savory and sweet tobacco in its wake. As fascinating and delicious as this wine may be to spar with today, it will likely be best 20 to 30 years from now.”

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s  Wine Advocate

“The 2007 Warre Vintage Port is one of the stars of the vintage. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays an expressive bouquet of Asian spices, incense, lavender, blackberry, and fruitcake. Plush on the palate with outstanding volume, it exhibits a sense of elegance as well as power. Savory flavors, plenty of structure for the long haul, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish suggests two decades of cellaring are in order.” 

93 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“A floral wine, offering dusty tannins to go with its sweet crushed strawberry flavors. There are spice and black fig flavors as well as elegance—a sense of proper restraint just waiting to power out in maybe 10 years. At the moment, it is all fruit, but over time it will show more structure.”

92 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar

“Good deep ruby. Lovely high-pitched, perfumed aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, licorice, and orange peel. Dense, sweet, and deep, with a wonderfully lush texture and captivating purity of fruit. Finishes long and fresh, with extremely refined tannins and excellent lift. A beauty.” 

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Liquorice and richness on the nose. Lots of spice and sweetness and very complete. Perhaps the wine closest to classic vintage port of all 42 wines tasted here. Biding its time, all in place. Not at all showy. Dry finish. Great balance and integration.” 


2003 Warres Vintage Port Reviews  

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Black pepper, sealing wax, spices, and toast are found in the nose of the potentially exceptional 2003 Warre Vintage Port. A concentrated, backward effort, its youthful, classically ungenerous, masculine character reveals black pepper-laced dark fruits. Silky-textured in its immensely endowed mid-palate, this top-flight effort displays an admirably long, tannin-filled finish. It will require serious cellaring.”

93 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Beautifully perfumed with brilliant florals, spicy scents of esteva and cinnamon bark, this is a great young vintage Warre's. It's luscious and chocolate-rich in the middle, then classically gripping in the end. The spiciness lasts, as does the potent depth of fruit, buffering the heat of the wine. This should be accessible early on, yet it has the structure to last years.”

92 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar

“Deep ruby. Brooding aromas of blackberry, black cherry, licorice, and bitter chocolate. Broad, dense, and deep, with compelling purity, lift, and sweetness and captivating flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate, and minerals. Finishes with broad, sweet tannins and superb chewiness and length. Has the structure and depth for extended cellaring.”

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“A fine, perfumed wine with great fruit. It’s ripe, with lovely rich flavors and a backbone of firm tannins. This is a good, solid, classic wine.”

2000 Warres Vintage Port Reviews

94 Pointz James Suckling

“Extremely floral and fruity with hints of lilacs and crushed fruit. Full body with refined tannins integrated with a solid core of fruit, and a rich, round texture. This is lightly sweet and follows through to a long, long finish.”

94 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“This is a classic Cima Corgo wine based on old-vine mixed plantings on either side of the Douro, Cavadinha (north of Pinhao), and Bom Retiro (across the river to the south). The vinhas velhas at these quintas make up 80 percent of the blend, with contributions from tourigas francesa and nacional. This presents the ripe 2000 vintage in luscious and supple roundness, the tannins completely integrated into the fruit, taking the wine in a savory direction of mountain herbs and cool schist. The wine shows Warre's gentle power, a vintage at its prime, ready to enjoy with after-dinner conversation, it should hold well over the next five to ten years.”

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This is starting to hit its stride, with a strapping feel to its mix of fig, blackberry, and boysenberry compote flavors pushed from behind by brambly grip, a tarry edge, and extra waves of licorice snap, Christmas pudding, and dark earth. The chewy finish has muscle and drive. Still needs a little time.”

92 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2000 Vintage Port is more complex than the Late Bottle Vintage and gives up terrific notes of ripe plums, black olives, tobacco leaf, and Asian spices. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, textured, balanced Port that has terrific fruit as well as length. It’s drinking great today, holds up nicely with extended air, and should shine for another decade or more.”

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Straightforward yet intense, ripe black raspberry liqueur and cassis scents are followed by a medium to full-bodied, elegant, restrained, balanced port with moderately high tannin as well as outstanding purity. It is a vintage port with impeccable finesse.”

91 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar

“Full medium ruby. Complex, perfumed nose combines crystallized blackberry and cassis, licorice, violet, spice cake, bitter chocolate, and mint. Thick, dense, and powerful, with slightly grapey, medicinal flavors of black fruits, violet, licorice, dark chocolate, and spices. This shows terrific intensity, purity of flavor, and length on the palate, with solid but fine tannins. Ultimately quite seamless and silky, even though still young.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Deep blackish purple. Lovely lift and savour. Slight hint of sawdust on extremely luscious fruit then some fine tannins. Pretty interesting, if non-classic wine. A real flatterer. Long but with great interest. Dry finish.”

1997 Warres Vintage Port Reviews 

94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“Mouthfilling and round, without any sharp edges, but this wine remains extremely firm and dense, with several decades of life ahead of it. Dried fig, chocolate, and black licorice flavors only hint at what lies ahead.”

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Dark in profile, with warm buckwheat, singed juniper, and espresso notes leading off, backed by warm black currant and fig compote flavors. Has heft, but the brambly undertow is easily absorbed through the finish. Approachable, but there's no rush at all.”

90 Pointz Srephen Tanzers

International Wine Cellar

“Medium ruby. Enticing aromas of cassis, lilac, licorice, and mint. Rich, sweet, and nicely concentrated; floral and dark berry flavors are fresh and pure. Stylish and seamless. Finishes with even, fine tannins and very good persistence.”

1994 Warres Vintage Port Reviews 

95 Pointz Wine Spectator

#15 Top 100 Wines of 1997 

“A great surprise for the vintage. Displays fabulous concentration and complex character with it's layers of very sweet fruit, chocolate, and cherry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins. Long finish with plenty of grip. Beautiful wine.”

94 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

“The 1994 Vintage Port is pure finesse and elegance. Cedarwood, blackberry liqueur, plums, and exotic spices are followed by a medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless beauty that has a terrific mix of richness and freshness. It’s a beautiful wine.”

94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“One of the finest Warres I have ever tasted, this opaque purple-colored wine is made in a drier style (a la Dow), yet it is expressive, extremely full-bodied, with superb richness, purity, and well-integrated alcohol and tannin. It possesses a great mid-palate as well as impressive length. Tasters should take note of the wealth of peppery, licorice-scented, and flavored raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Look for it to be ready to drink in 10-12 years, and keep for 30+. This is a profound example of Warre vintage port.”

1991 Warres Vintage Port Reviews 

90 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Raisiny and very sweet, with plum and prune aromas and flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with a slightly hot finish, but should come around nicely.”

1985 Warres Vintage Port Reviews 

91 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Ruby-colored, with grape, dark chocolate, and plum. Full and chewy. Tannins are still there and need to mellow. Medium-sweet and grapey. A little one-dimensional still, but impressive.”

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“This house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop … they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1985 is the sweetest and richest of the recent Warre vintages. Extremely concentrated, rich, even luscious, this full-bodied, intense, opulent wine has layers of fruit, a full-blown bouquet, and impeccable balance.”

1983 Warres Vintage Port Reviews

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“This house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop...they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1983 is richly perfumed and fragrant, which is so typical of the ports from this vintage, and is seemingly more forward than normal.”

1980 Warres Vintage Port Reviews

95 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

“A full-bodied, concentrated, yet also elegant Port. it gives up classic notes of tobacco leaf, olive, cedary spice, and loads of ripe black fruits. While it is fully mature and I suspect drinking at point, it's perfectly balanced and just glides across the palate. There’s no need to delay gratification, but it’s going to keep for another 10-15 years as well.” 


1977 Warres Vintage Port Reviews 

94 Pointz James Suckling

“The Warre was beautiful now. It showed lots of dried fruits and Christmas cake character on the nose and palate. Medium sweet. It was full-bodied with loads of flavor and an intensely flavorful finish. It was perfect to drink.”

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Deep garnet. Very pretty plum and berry aromas, with hints of honey and toffee. Turns to custard. Full-bodied, sweet and fresh. Firm tannins, with elegance and balance. Will age for a long time, but ready. Generous, but subtle.”

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“This house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop, and while they never quite have the voluptuous richness of a Dow, Graham, or Fonseca, they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1977 is quite powerful, very deep and intense, particularly for Warre.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

18+/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Mid tawny-brick. Brooding, smoky, spicy nose – almost like it’s in a backward phase – with layers of savoury depth emerging. Not full bodied, but full flavoured. Lots of intensity, but again, I don’t think this is giving everything yet. Still a fair weight of tannins as well. It’s at a muscular, somewhat unforgiving stage right now, but I think this will go somewhere interesting. I won’t be broaching my magnum anytime soon!” 

1970 Warres Vintage Port Reviews


91 Pointz James Suckling

“Surprisingly delicate and fruity at this stage. Ready to drink with a lightly sweet fruit, raspberry, and dark berry character, and a bright acidity.”

1963 Warres Vintage Port Reviews

92 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Extremely impressive, with beautifully balanced, harmonious sweet fruit on the palate. Medium ruby-red, ripe cherry and cassis aromas, medium-bodied, with rich, velvety fruit flavors, full, soft tannins, and a powerful finish.”


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