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. 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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  2. GRAHAM'S 2000 VINTAGE PORT

    Item #: i_378392
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE SPECTATOR 98 POINTS - "Smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very powerful and racy. It lasts for minutes on your palate. Yet there's a balance and class to this young Vintage Port. This is the greatest glass of Graham I have ever tasted, young or old. Best after 2014. 9,000 cases made."
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  3. SMITH WOOD 00 PORT

    Item #: i_362911
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 95-100
    WINE SPECTATOR 95-100 POINTS - "Blackstrap wine. Wow. Intense aromas of blackberries, mineral, black licorice and wet earth. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a mouthpuckering amount of tannins, yet it's refined and very, very long. A beauty. Greatest young vintage of SW I have ever tasted."
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