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Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio 2007

Release Notes

This is a wine that has been handcrafted from vineyard to bottle in very restricted quantities.  Along every step of the process we have looked to tap maximum quality potential. Only 250 cases (3000 bottles) have been produced.

The final blend is 40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca and 30% Sousão.  Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca will be familiar to Port lovers, but Sousão, although a traditional Douro variety, is not often used by many winemakers, as it is notoriously difficult to get absolutely ripe.  At Vesuvio we prize it for its excellent colour and good acidity, which brings freshness and balance to a blend.

The wines were made by traditional foot-treading, but to accomodate these small parcels we actually had to erect a temporary wall within one of Vesuvio’s immense stone lagares.  The lagar was bled by 30% to further concentrate the wines.

The overall blend is exceptionally structured, with complex layered aromas. The mouth is long, opulent and dry with very clean, balanced acidity in contrast to the Vesuvio Vintage blend, which is sweeter and softer.

Tasting Notes

Jay Miller critic

Wine Advocate (magazine) source
2010 tasting note year

The 2007 Quinta do Vesuvio Capela offers a very similar personality [to the Vesuvio 2007] with a bit more of everything, depth, concentration, extract, and succulence. It, too, will offer pleasure through 2040.

Score: 92/100

Roy Hersh critic source
2009 tasting note year

Cask sample. The historic chapel at Vesuvio provides the name for the introduction of this new Port (chapel = capela in Portuguese). From individually chosen and well triaged bunches of Touriga Nacional (40%), Souzão (30%) and Touriga Franca grapes (30%); the Souzão coming from a small parcel with just over 1,000 vines, planted in the late 1990's.  This inaugural vintage was tread in a ½ lagar, in which a wall was temporarily installed to reduce the overall capacity; along with allowing 30% run-off of the just crushed juice from the lagar, furthering concentration.  Spicy scents of dark briary plum, dominant black pepper and earthy Asian spices on the nose.  Intensely concentrated juice with lots of glycerin and all the raw materials in synch, bolstered by bracing acidity. It is a pleasure to roll around in the mouth, as the Capela elicits flavors of grenadine, blackcurrants and black pepper ending in a moderately long grapy and berry filled aftertaste.  It improved considerably from day one to the next and especially on the third day tasted, with greater intensity, density and verve. It did not yet provide much in the way of complexity and I look forward to tracking it's evolution over time. A limited edition VP with only 250 cases bottled. An exciting debut effort by Capela!

Score: 93/100

Richard Mayson critic

Decanter (magazine) source
2009 tasting note year

Rich, still quite raw, needing time to come together.  Very intense with a solid, tannic, dark chocolate core.   Finishes with a flourish.

Score: 19.5/20

James Suckling critic

Wine Spectator (magazine) source
2009 tasting note year

Beautiful aromas of violet and crushed raspberry, with some pepper, follow through to a full body, with a dense, rich palate, yet balanced and very refined.   Medium sweet.  Wonderfully polished.  Powerful and long.  This is a new tiny production, with an excellent selection from three of the best vineyard sites at Vesuvio.  Foot-trodden.

Score: 93-96/100

More about Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio

To learn more about Quinta do Vesuvio here on The Vintage Port Site, read a brief Profile of the Quinta do Vesuvio Brand, and a detailed viticultural Profile of the Quinta.  If you would like to learn even more about Quinta do Vesuvio's history and the full range of wines made at this historic quinta, visit the Quinta do Vesuvio website.

See details of other years in which this wine was made

  1. 2011

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