Robert Parker – 97
The 2016 The Stone Terraces Vintage Port, from a specific plot, is predominantly Touriga Nacional. It comes in with 110 grams of residual sugar. This is part of our mini-vertical. When nearer to bottling last year, this was gloriously aromatic, wonderfully fresh and also quite powerful. The only thing that has changed is that it has also fleshed out a bit in the bottle, showing a bit more stuffing in the mid-palateâ€”even if it is, perhaps, the lightest and fruitiest of the 2015-2017 trio this issue. Even so, the intensity of flavor and the wonderful aromatics compensate. Those features were always what made this special. That said, if you did not take advantage of your window to drink this young, it’s probably too late now. It has closed a bit, and it’s going to need some time. It has become quite tannic. Come back in a decade, although that might not be enough. All three in our mini-vertical this issue (2015-2017) are brilliant, and they are all special in their own fashion. You can argue about which is the best for a long time, and they undoubtedly will flip-flop at times. Port goes through many stages as it ages. It is safe to say that this has its fair share of virtues, but if I were forced to pick today it might be the least of the three, by a hair. There were just 4,200 bottles produced.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2070