PORT

Port wine (also known as Vinho do Porto, Porto, and usually simply port) is a Portuguese fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is typically a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine though it also comes in dry, semi-dry, and white varieties. The wine produced is then fortified by the addition of a neutral grape spirit known as aguardente in order to stop the fermentation, leaving residual sugar in the wine, and to boost the alcohol content. The fortification spirit is sometimes referred to as brandy but it bears little resemblance to commercial brandies. The wine is then stored and aged, in barrels stored in a cave, before being bottled. Over a hundred varieties of grapes are sanctioned for port production, although only five (Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Francesa, and Touriga Nacional) are widely cultivated and used. Touriga Nacional is widely considered the most desirable port grape but the difficulty in growing it and the small yields cause Touriga Francesa to be the most widely planted grape. White ports are produced the same way as red ports, except that they use white grapes—Donzelinho Branco, Esgana-Cão, Folgasão, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato and Viosinho.

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  1. CROFT 16 PORT

    Item #: i_305534
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 92
    WINE ADVOCATE 92-94 POINTS-"The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend that was set to be bottled about a week after this tasting. It was the final blend, aged for 20 months in wood. It comes in with 104 grams of residual sugar. Tight, powerful and very intense, this is a big boy with the firmness you expect from fine Vintage Port, although the Fonseca is even more powerful. Showing good concentration and a fresh, lifted finish too, this is impressive at the outset. Initially, I was wowed by this. A few more tastes with more air made me think I'd like to see it prove some things in the cellar. It's not hot, but it seems a bit more alcoholic than its Fonseca and Taylor siblings. Still, there's a long way to go before making a final call. As noted, this is very tight, not nearly as approachable as many 2016s are in this relatively restrained year. It won't sear your mouth with tannins—they are not TOO hard—but you are going to have to cellar it a while to allow it to acquire more complexity and more harmony. I'm not quite convinced this will ever become as attractive as Taylor and Fonseca in this vintage, though."
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  2. CROFT 2015 QUINTA DE ROEDA VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: i_352187
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 92
    WINERY NOTES-"We are delighted with the quality of the 2015 Quinta da Roêda Vintage Port. Our investment in the Roêda vineyards continues to reap benefits in terms of consistently first class wines. Typically of the 2015 wines, the Roêda Vintage Port is immediately appealing and will make fine mature drinking by 2025, yet still be displaying all of its elegance and refinement twenty years later."-Adrian Bridge Winery Director

    Croft’s Head of Viticulture, António Magalhães adds: "The health of the crop was exceptional. Warm days and cool nights produced long fermentations and balanced extraction throughout the harvest."
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  3. DOW 2000 VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: i_376364
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Very grapey, with lots of black licorice and blackberry character. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, exquisite finish. Refined and well-made. Best after 2012. 9,000 cases made."
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  4. DOW''S 1985 VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: i_325560
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 92
    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS-The 1985 Dow’s Vintage Port has a gorgeous, very pure bouquet with mulberry, leather, terracotta tiles on a warm day, and hints of clove all beautifully defined. The palate is very well balanced with supple tannin, lightly spiced on the entry, touches of liquorice and black pepper, curry powder and ginger with a very harmonious and long finish. This may well be the pick of the 1985 declarations and appears to have edged past the Taylor Fladgate 1985 in recent years. Tasted at the "Big Fortified Tasting" in London."

    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - " A fine, classic Dow nose with notes of cloves, raisin and a touch of fig. Not incredibly complex but refined and inviting. The palate is sweet and fleshy, again cloves, red-berried fruit, a touch of spice and dates towards the finish. Moderate weight, certainly not an imposing, alcoholic Dow, but refined with great elegance and refinement. Drink now-2035."

    One the great values from this outstanding vintage. Chris Kissack writes - "A great color, and a gentle nose of maturity. An elegantly composed palate although it still shows quite a little extract, tannin and even a little spirit. Nevertheless it has a very admirable structure, and a supple style that makes it easy to drink now if one appreciates impact and substance in Port. But it should be good for a few years yet, and will evolve but not change much in terms of the pleasure it gives I think. 18+/20 Points. -November 2007. Sourced straight from the producer."
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  5. DOW'S 20 YR TAWNY 750

    Item #: i_325580
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 90
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "Delicate, with a lively array of bright dried mango, date and dried apricot flavors that feature plenty of smoky notes. Features white chocolate, fruitcake and honey notes on the rich finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made."

    INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 90 POINTS - " International Wine Cellar - "Complex aromas of toffee, roasted nuts, lead pencil, orange peel and caraway seed. Intensely flavored fruit is silky but nicely delineated; offers a fresh flavor of orange peel. Not at all thick, but brisk and vibrant. Finishes clean and long, with hints of smoked nuts and marzipan. This has far stronger material than the 10-Year-Old, which seemed clumsy and dull in comparison."
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  6. DOW'S 2016 VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: i_374614
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS-"Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and dried flowers plus hints of slate follow through to a full body, very fine tannins and a driven and linear finish. Orange peel and dried fruit. Sleek and racy. Ready to try in 2024."
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  7. DOW'S 2016 VINTAGE PORT 375

    Item #: i_347200
    Bottle Size: 750ml
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  8. DOW'S RUBY TRADEMARK

    Item #: i_325660
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 89 POINTS - "A dry wine, the sweetness overtaken by tannins, black currant stalkiness and acidity. It works well as a more serious style of Reserve Port, hinting at aging potential."
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  9. FERREIRA 10YR QUINTA DO PORTO TAWNY

    Item #: i_377236
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 91
    WINE SPECTATOR INSIDER 91 POINTS - "This Port is filled to the brim with rich, dried fruit and spiceflavors, including apricot and mango, along with vibrant whitechocolate and hazelnut notes. The finish is sumptuous. Drink now."
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  10. FERREIRA 2013 LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: i_378449
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage Port is an absolute aromatic wonder. On the nose this highly praised Port combines ripe currant and plum with chocolate, cocoa and a hint of pepper. The palate thrills with perfect balance of rich fruit, seductive sweetness and velvety tannins. A Port as one wants it to be.
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  11. FERREIRA 20YR DUQUE BRAGANCA TAWNY PORT

    Item #: i_373043
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 92
    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "Rich, smooth and polished, with an array of dried apricot, pearand guava notes that are accented by plenty of apple woodsmoke notes. The lush finish surges with mineral, along with hintsof peat and ginger cream. Drink now." 2010

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 POINTS - " Always great, this is softer, less intense than in the past. But there is still great richness, and power as well as smoothness, burnt caramel blending well with the spirit, and finishing with its inimitable fresh acidity." 2007
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  12. FERREIRA DONNA ANTONIA PERSONAL RESERVE PORT

    Item #: i_377165
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  13. FONSECA 09 PORT

    Item #: i_352332
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    Wine Spectator: 95
    WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - "Gorgeous vibrant and grapey, with good cut to the luscious dark fruit and cedar flavors that are flanked by zesty acidity and tannins. A touch brooding midpalate, with a minerally rush and a finish of slate and iron. Best from 2016 through 2036."
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  14. FONSECA 10 YR TAWNY PORT

    Item #: i_328110
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 90
    WINE & SPIRITS 91 POINTS "Fruit interprets the alcohol in this wine with the orange-citrus scent of rum cake. Then Douro schist cuts the sweetness and strengthens the fruit presence to fuller pear, hazelnut and wildflower honey notes. It ends on a long, peppery buzz, delicious and satisfying."

    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - " Wine Spectator - "Refined, with bright flavors of dried berry, plum compote and cherry tart that are long and lush. Very creamy on the finish, which features chocolate mousse."
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  15. FONSECA 15 GUIMARARENS VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: i_352693
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 97-99
    WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: 2017 #88
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS
    -This is warm and lush in feel, and really well-built, with layers of blueberry, açaí berry and plum reduction flavors rolling through, laced with hints of ganache and fruitcake. Lots of graphite-edged grip lines the finish. Best from 2027 through 2040. 4,500 cases made."
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  16. FONSECA 1985 VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: i_328070
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 95
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "A hard, take-no-prisoners Port, extremely powerful and still closed when last tasted. Deep inky color, with concentrated blackberry and raisin aromas, full-bodied, with massive raisin flavors, a superb backbone and a very long finish."
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  17. FONSECA 20 YR TAWNY 750

    Item #: i_327940
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 94
    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - " Wine Spectator - "Intense, powerful and complex, this features heady aromas and flavors of toffee, marzipan, butterscotch and chocolate. Notes of mocha and French roast chime in as well, with a long, glorious finish of dried white fruits and spice."

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 94 POINTS - " - "This gorgeous Port is at the perfect stage where there are still freshness and hints of orange and dried fruit, while the wood aging is concentrating the wine into its essence."
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  18. FONSECA 2016 VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: i_376444
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 97-99
    NEAL MARTIN 96 POINTS-The 2016 Fonseca Vintage Port began to be picked on 21 September at their Panascal vineyard, their Quinta do Cruzeira vineyard not picked until 6 October. It is deep, almost inky in colour. The bouquet is very intense with luscious black fruit laced with embers, clove and hints of bay leaf. There is wonderful purity here and a broodiness that suggests you'd better be patient. The palate is sweet and lively on the entry with some gorgeous ginger and curry leaf notes littered over the compact black fruit. There is wonderful density to this Fonseca. It is like a coiled spring with so much energy towards the finish that you just know this will be a long-term prospect. Superb. Production is 4,900 cases.

    WINE ADVOCATE 96-98 POINTS-The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend that was not quite bottled when seen (set for a week later), but it was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 99 grams of residual sugar. This Fonseca is remarkably expressive, lifted and gloriously fresh. It has good concentration but some years have had more and seemed sexier. However, the most notable feature is the structure. It is very impressive in structure, that classic Port power and firmness coming to the fore and overshadowing the rest at the moment. This is very tight and very unevolved. Don't even think of buying it if you aren't prepared to cellar it. The 2030 start date that I have will not be even close to late enough if you want harmony and complexity. To me, this is the best of the three 2016s from the Fladgate Group this issue (Croft and Taylor being the other two), thanks to its pure intensity, but time will tell if it becomes as sexy as I'm sure Taylor's will be. In the meanwhile, Fonseca looks like one of the greats of this vintage."
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  19. FONSECA 97 PORT 1.5

    Item #: 327920
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - " Somewhat of a lightweight for Fonseca, but undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal of weight or massiveness. Heady alcohol, sweet tannin, and a velvety texture make for a gorgeous finish. While I would have preferred to have seen more weight, structure, and intensity, this is an outstanding, albeit lighter than normal Fonseca. Anticipated maturity: now-2020."

    STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 93 POINTS - " Full saturated ruby. Inky, brooding aromas of syrupy black fruits and violet. Dense, thick and tactile, with superb depth of flavor and compelling juicy sweetness. Finishes with powerful tannins and superb grip. Not as flamboyantly aromatic as this wine normally is in its youth, but structured for long, slow development in bottle."
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  20. FONSECA BIN 27 PORT 750

    Item #: i_328150
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 90
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "Fresh and grapey, with plenty of grip and power behind dark plum, chocolate and berry flavors that feature slate and pepper notes."
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  21. FONSECA SIROCO WHITE PORT SECCO

    Item #: i_328160
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    A full, dry white port with a superb balance of ripe fruit extract, delicate acidity and elegant notes of wood aging; finishing with an attractive, refreshing crispness.
    Food Pairings Fruits & Nuts Walnuts, Plums Desserts Bread Pudding, Cakes, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate, Pecan Pie
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  22. GRAHAM 10YR TAWNY PORT

    Item #: i_331140
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 90
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "This has a zesty, sweet floral aroma, with delicate, well-spiced flavors of apple tart, flan and cocoa powder. The plush, mouthfilling finish of cream, vanilla and raspberry is fresh and balanced. Drink now."

    91pts WE

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  23. GRAHAM 2012 LBV PORT

    Item #: i_376367
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS-"A fruity style, with concentrated flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and crushed violet, supported by fresh acidity. Chocolate and licorice details show on the finish. Drink now. 30,000 cases made."-(08/16)

    Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port is a superb wine selected from the finest production of a very good year, but unlike a 'declared' Vintage Port - which is bottled in its second year, 'LBV' matures for an average of 5 years in seasoned oak casks prior to bottling (hence the term, 'Late Bottled'). This wood - ageing encourages the wine's development and it is therefore ready to drink sooner than Vintage Port. As with the latter, Late Bottled Vintage Ports are sourced primarily from the Malvedos vineyard.

    92 Points WS

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  24. GRAHAM 2016 VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: i_376983
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 90

    JAMES SUCKLINT 99 POINTS

    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS-"The 2016 Vintage Port is a blend of 37% Touriga Nacional, 42% Touriga Franca and various others. It comes in with 115 grams of residual sugar. A bit bigger than Dow's this year, this is more intense as well. The better wine of these two benchmarks seems to be this Graham's. Tight on the finish, aromatic and very flavorful, this actually opens rather well and shows off its lovely fruit. The Dow's will be approachable a bit earlier, perhaps, and this may reward aging even more. As always, Graham's is wonderfully delicious. That's one hallmark of the house. I'm not sure this is a truly great Graham's, but at the moment, it is enticing, with plenty of potential for improvement. There were 6,325 cases produced, plus some bottles in other formats."

    OTHER SCORES: WS 98 pts, WE 97pts & Decanter 98pts

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  25. GRAHAM 30YR TAWNY PORT

    Item #: i_331160
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator - "Big and rich bitter chocolate, honey and almond character, medium body and sweetness and long, nutty finish."

    95pts WS & WE, 94pts RP & 94pts Decanter

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