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Barão de Vilar

Barão de Vilar

Founded 1998
Owner van Zeller family
Vintage Port Brands Barão de Vilar, Maynard, Palmer
Web-site www.baraodevilar.com

When van Zeller sold Quinta do Noval to AXA Millésimes in 1993, it was stipulated that the family could not sell port on the market for 5 years. Therefore Fernando and Álvaro van Zeller could start the Port House under the family title Barao de Vilar in 1998. The family has deep roots in the port wine business. Their great-great grandfather was Luis Vasconcellos Porto who got Quinta de Noval in shape and their father Fernando Luis van Zeller managed Quinta do Noval 1963-1982. Álvaro van Zeller, now wine maker at Barão de Vilar also started his career at Quinta do Noval. The young Fernando van Zeller became an independent port wine shipper in 1998 and was involved in the restoring of Osborne 1967. As eldest male heir he inherited the title Barão de Vilar, which was first given to their ancestor Cristiano Nicolau Kopke.

Barao de Vilar Vintages:1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
Maynard Vintages:1996, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
Maynard Organic Vintages:2016
Palmer Vintages:2015, 2016

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseBarao de VilarVintage1995
ColourStill dark blue with a yellow rim.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely complex fruity and dark berry in the nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Still a bit immature and lots of tannin but will not be a long runner. Very fruity flavour and a long lovely aftertaste.Average score
Last tasted3rd November 2003Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBarao de VilarVintage1996
ColourStill dark blue in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetDark cherry, violet, apricot and dark berry in the nose.Score range15.25 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Quite immature with some soft tannin. Balanced and quite complex. Easy to drink and like. An elegant port with violet and dark cherry in taste and a very attractive and long finish. Will probably even be better.Average score15.88
Last tasted15th April 2015Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1 bottle has been corked.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBarao de VilarVintage1997
ColourStill very dark blue almost black in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetDark berry, dark cherry, mulberry and much more in the nose.Score range15.25 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Immature and still lots of soft tannins. Mulberry in flavour. Complex port with a long and attractive finish. Will be interesting to follow.Average score15.51
Last tasted23rd October 2013Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBarao de VilarVintage1999
ColourStill very dark with a yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetNot particularly developed nose. Coffee mostly and old grocery shop. Rather tasteful.Score range14.50 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Still some immature and soft tannin. Fruit in flavour. Quite good but not a long runner.Average score
Last tasted1st November 2010Point this date14.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBarao de VilarVintage2000
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetFruity and berry nose not particular develop yet.Score range14.50 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Immature and much tannin. Hard to swallow but on the light side with a nice finish.Average score
Last tasted7th November 2005Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBarao de VilarVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJust fruit and juice in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature lots of tannin. Hard to swallow and appreciate. Promising and quite interesting finish.
Last tasted7th November 2005Rating this dateVery good
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBarao de VilarVintage2016
ColourDark ruby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, blackberry, blueberry, dark cherry and elder in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Very tannic but balanced and interesting. Very tasty with mulberry, blackberry, dark cherry and elder in taste and with a nice, very tannic finish.
Last tasted18th June 2018Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt Barao de Vilar’s lodge in Gaia, Portugal.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseBarao de VilarColheita1934
ColourDark tawny with a wonderful olive green edge.Number of tastings1
BouquetA full arsenal of aromas such as burned sugar, roasted nuts roasted coffee beans and some cacao in the nose.Bottled2018
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Mature and peaking. Roasted nuts, coffee beans in tasted and also some cacao and burned sugar. Balanced and very complex and elegant with a wonderful and very long finish which never seem to end. What a port!Score range
Last tasted18th June 2018Point this date17.75
CommentAt the Barao de Vilar’s lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBarao de VilarColheita1950
ColourTawny with a wonderful lime green edge.Number of tastings1
BouquetRoasted nuts, burned sugar, walnuts and hazelnuts in the nose.Bottled2018
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and very elegant with taste of roasted nut, walnuts and hazelnuts. Easy to drink and to love with a long, very attractive and quite dry finishScore range
Last tasted18th June 2018Point this date17.40
CommentAt the Barao de Vilar’s lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBarao de VilarColheita1962
ColourBeautiful bright tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDried fruit, bitter almond nuts and much more in the nose.Bottled2018
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and peaking. Balanced and very tasty with bitter almond, dried fruit and nuts. The finish is very elegant and lovely.Score range
Last tasted18th June 2018Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Barao de Vilar’s lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBarao de VilarColheita1963
ColourDark beautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely bouquet of oak, nuts and dried fruit in the nose.Bottled2018
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Mature and peaking but very massive port indeed. However, balanced and very elegant. Sweet with nuts and dried fruit in taste and a lovely finish. Very easy to drink and love!Score range
Last tasted18th June 2018Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Barao de Vilar’s lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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