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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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  • TAYLOR 10YR TAWNY PORT 750

    Item #: 364800
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS-"The NV 10 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2014 with 105.23 grams per liter of residual s...
    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS-"The NV 10 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2014 with 105.23 grams per liter of residual sugar. Easily the 10 with the most weight in the Fladgate group's lineup this issue, it is a rather powerful 10 year old Tawny with plenty of pop, the biggest and baddest of the trio (Fonseca, Croft and this). There is very fine concentration of flavor for a 10 year old Tawny. If I had a quibble, the alcohol shows at times, especially early on and rather notably when drunk a little too warm. (Around 60 degrees Fahrenheit is a lot better than room temperature most of the time, to be sure, not just here.) Overall, the weight, complexity, mouth feel and grip on the finish still make this my favorite of the group of 10s submitted by Taylor Fladgate this issue, although it's close and there are some pros and cons.(12/15)."
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  • TAYLOR 11 LBV PORTO T 750

    Item #: 376233
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 93
    eROBERTPARKER.COM 91 POINTS-The 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port (bottled in October 2015) is a field blend aged for 5...
    eROBERTPARKER.COM 91 POINTS-The 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port (bottled in October 2015) is a field blend aged for 58 months. It comes with a bar top cork and 106 grams per liter of residual sugar. Inky black, this highly extracted Port has sensual texture and an unctuous finish laced with delicious, primary fruit flavor. It's a rather sexy LBV this year, big, dense and mouth-coating. It has a fair bit of power, too. For an LBV to drink now, this is simply beautiful. It is not necessarily expected to go anywhere--it's made for drinking now--but it can certainly hold if you choose to do so, barring cork failures.
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    Regular Price: $26.95

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  • TAYLOR 1ST EST PORT 750

    Item #: 365050
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Novice port drinkers can do no better than to begin here: First Estate is a soft and glorious mouthful. It is an outstanding vintage character bl...
    Novice port drinkers can do no better than to begin here: First Estate is a soft and glorious mouthful. It is an outstanding vintage character blend, made at the very first property purchased by the company, Lugar das Lages, in 1744. Rich, fruity and elegant, it is aged for four years in cask and is ready for drinking immediately. As enjoyable before a meal as after.
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  • TAYLOR 20YR TAWNY PO 750

    Item #: 364810
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS-"The NV 20 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2015 and comes in at 111 grams per liter of re...
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS-"The NV 20 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2015 and comes in at 111 grams per liter of residual sugar. On first taste, this was simply Taylor: big, concentrated and serious. It was all that and a bag of chips, but over a couple of day it also demonstrated far more elegance. It seemed arguably better balanced than the 10 year old Tawny this issue. Simply filling the mouth on first taste, this shows fine complexity for its age and it does everything else rather brilliantly. Succulent and inviting, it finishes with waves of concentrated flavors. The fruit remains lifted and and it has a bright, transparent feel. It is hard to resist, often seeming like a bit of an overachiever. It's not the best tawny Taylor's submitted this issue, but it might be the best intersection of quality and price. (12/15)"
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  • TAYLOR 30YR TAWNY PO 750

    Item #: 364830
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS-"The NV 30 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled with a bar top cork in 2014. It comes in at 125.8...
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS-"The NV 30 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled with a bar top cork in 2014. It comes in at 125.8 grams per liter of residual sugar. It isn't that I dislike the 20s or even younger Tawnies, but this shows what you get by stepping up. (Granted, the price is quite a step up, too.) This has that wonderful concentration of flavor, the molasses, the touch of treacle and the extra complexity that you don't always get with young Tawnies. Its combination of power, concentration and complexity also means that it lingers endlessly on the finish. It's one of those wines you will be able to smell on anything it touches for much of the evening. That's worth the price of admission for me. This is wonderfully constructed with that long, intensely flavorful finish. As with most such, it can hold indefinitely barring cork failure, but the bar top cork means that it is not really expected to be aged. Dig in. Make sure not to drink them too warm--60 degrees Fahrenheit or so works a lot better than 72 degrees Fahrenheit. (12/15)."
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  • TAYLOR 40YR TAWNY P 750

    Item #: 364840
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS-"The NV 40 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled with a bar top cork in 2014. It comes in with 125...
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS-"The NV 40 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled with a bar top cork in 2014. It comes in with 125 grams per liter of residual sugar. Big, weighty and mouth filling, this is an aromatic Tawny that finishes with acidity and tension. Gripping on the finish, its flavors become more interesting as long as it sits in the glass (or on your palate). It is not, perhaps, as sunny as the Fonseca, its sibling reviewed this issue, but it is denser and more gripping. Comparing to the Taylor 30 (also reviewed), I'm not sure I liked the 40 here all that much better. The 30 is a bit fleshier while this 40 is a bit more concentrated in flavor and aromatics. Perhaps some additional age also helped this 40 combat some of the aggression on the 30. They are both pretty fine, a difference of five to Midnight and five after, rather than night and day. It is still a fine experience and my favorite of the group. Don't drink it too warm. Room temperature is mostly too warm. The sweet spot for most tends to be 58-62 degrees Fahrenheit. (12/15)."
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  • TAYLOR 85 VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: 364970
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 93
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Medium ruby. Beautiful aromas of flowers and fresh plum, with hints of stems. Fu...
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Medium ruby. Beautiful aromas of flowers and fresh plum, with hints of stems. Full-bodied and medium-sweet, with gorgeous silky tannins and a long, long finish. This is just starting to come around and offers wonderful flavors. Long life ahead, but ready to try. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. Drink now." .
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  • WARRE 1980 VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: 374387
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE SPECTATOR 88 POINTS-"A solid vintage Port from an unsung vintage. Medium ruby, with clean perfume and black che...
    WINE SPECTATOR 88 POINTS-"A solid vintage Port from an unsung vintage. Medium ruby, with clean perfume and black cherry aromas, full-bodied, with silky, sweet concentrated berry flavors and a medium finish."
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  • WARRE 2004 LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: 325608
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Warre’s Ports are distinguished for their structure, power and softly perfumed nose. Warre’s LBV was aged in oak casks over a period of four years ...
    Warre’s Ports are distinguished for their structure, power and softly perfumed nose. Warre’s LBV was aged in oak casks over a period of four years after which it was bottled unfiltered and unfined in 2003, then it spent another four years in bottle. Earthy and racy on the nose showing a rich plumy and peppery character. Youthful, fresh and fruity on the palate, but still a full-bodied wine.
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  • WARRE OTIMA 10YR TAWNY 500ml

    Item #: 377166
    Bottle Size: 500ML
    Wine Advocate: 94
    Wine Spectator: 91
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - " The non-vintage Otima 10-Year Old Tawny Port reveals a medium ruby/amber/garn...
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - " The non-vintage Otima 10-Year Old Tawny Port reveals a medium ruby/amber/garnet color, loads of kirsch and cedar intermixed with a touch of brown sugar in the nose, rich, full-bodied flavors, a burgeoning complexity and big aromatics. This is a full-bodied, silky smooth Tawny Port that should age easily for 8-10+ years."

    WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - " Wine Spectator - "Well-honed, with a touch of sweetness to the plush flavors of butterscotch, pear tart, almond and vanilla. Orange peel and dried ginger accents emerge on the seductively spicy finish."
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  • WARRE OTIMA 20YR TAW 500

    Item #: 377168
    Bottle Size: 500ML
    Wine Spectator: 91
    WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - " Very plush, with a buttery essence to the dried white fruit and nutty flavo...
    WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - " Very plush, with a buttery essence to the dried white fruit and nutty flavors. Elegantly spiced, featuring a long finish of dried ginger, sandalwood and shortbread."

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "Warre's seems to have found just the right formula for its tawnys. The 10-Year Old Otima is a fine wine, and so is this Otima 20. It has aromas of almonds, layers of acidity and sweetness, the flavor of bitter oranges, and a round, ripe aftertaste."
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  • WARRE WARRIOR FINEST RESERVE

    Item #: 370300
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    “Mature and spicy, with firm structure and restrained flavors of chocolate, prune and walnut, balanced and harmonious”. James Suckling , Wine Spec...
    “Mature and spicy, with firm structure and restrained flavors of chocolate, prune and walnut, balanced and harmonious”. James Suckling , Wine Spectator
    Food pairing suggestion: Warre’s Warrior is delicious served at the end of a meal, for example with rich, nutty or chocolate desserts, as well as strong cheeses. Although usually served at room temperature, Reserve Ports are equally delicious when served slightly chilled in hot weather.
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