Wine and Port

1978 Wine and Port

1978 Wine Vintage Report

1978 Vintage Port :

1979-port1978 was a good Port vintage, although not a declared one; the wines are not outstanding but are still attractive and drinkable. 1978 was the year when the labelling of 'single quinta' became popular. Michael Symington, Head Winemaker at Symington Family Estates (Owners of Warre's, Dow's, Cockburn's, Smith Woodhouse and Graham's among others) wrote of the 1978 vintage "Musts showed exceptional colour and body and very dark, heavy wines have certainly been made. Not a trace of mould or rot was to be seen on the grapes coming in, and seldom can a Vintage have been made from more uniformly healthy grapes."

1978 Italian :

1978 was a trouble free vintage across the Tuscany region with an early spring, warm but not excessively hot summer and well distributed rainfall. There was a certain amount of rain early in the harvest but those producers who picked later benefited from a period of uninterrupted fine weather. Altogether for Tuscany this was a 4 out of 5 Vintage. Conversely, the year started with cold and damp weather in Piedmont. Spring was particularly wet with lower than average seasonal temperatures; not until the second half of June did the weather pick up, too late for the flowering, which took place in very wet conditions causing a significant reduction in the crop. After light rains at the beginning of September, the weather suddenly turned around and the rest of the month was hot and dry with a marked difference between day and nighttime temperatures. The dramatic improvement continued through until the end of the Nebbiolo harvest during the third week of October. Natural selection and a warm autumn meant a very small crop of thick-skinned Nebbiolo grapes in Barolo and Barbaresco. By the end of the season this hailed as a great, long-lived vintage with a rating of 5/5. The produce of an exceptional vintage, 1970 ageing wine such as Barolo would make an excellent 43 year old wine gift for any birthday or anniversary.

1978 Bordeaux :

The 1978 wine vintage was excellent for the Bordeaux region. The dry, hot summer produced wines that were medium-bodied, deeply coloured, fruity and moderately tannic. The wines reached their peak of maturity in the 1990s but are still drinking well now and will continue to do so for some years to come.

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1978 Barbaresco

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the
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1978 Barbera d'Asti

Barbera d'Asti is a wine of prestige, rich colours that refer generally to the ruby purple, just what clothes cardinals; the bouquet is ample and comp
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1978 Burmester Port

This is a wine of exceptional quality and elegance, a Casa Burmester classic that is made from a single harvest - a "Vintage Tawny" - aged in small 550-litre oak barrels in our Vila Nova de Gaia Cellars.
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1978 Chateau Brane Cantenac

The 1978 Brane Cantinac has a dark ruby garnet with browning at the edges, a ripe intense bouquet of cassis, fruit, cedar and vanillin oakiness.
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1978 Chateau d'Issan

From the good 1978 vintage, this wine still has a quite dark colour with a moderate amount of age showing
around the rim. The bouquet is a little earthy at first but reveals some complexity.
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1978 Chateau Haut Batailley

A very charming, supple wine that is a delight to drink now, the 1978 Haut-Batailley is a straightforward, effusively fruity wine, with a nice touch of spicy oak, light tannins, and a warm, round finish.
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1978 Chateau La Lagune

Evolved mature colour with orange hues. Pleasant nose with fruity scents. In the mouth there is still a lot of body at the start. A very good wine
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1978 Chateau Leoville Poyferre

A deep tawny rim with a mahogany core. This has a delightful nose, very good intensity with notes of cooked meats, roasted chestnut, toffee and a touch of marzipan.
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1978 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

A deep garnet core with tawny rim. The bouquet displays good intensity, cohesive, earthy, leathery but well defined and gaining potency. The palate is
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