Tasting Notes: Ready to Drink Ports

By Paul Lukacs

Published on December 21, 2007

WARRE'S BOTTLE MATURED LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE 1999 ($30). Deep and powerful, with a voluptuous, velvety texture; a truly sumptuous bottle-aged port.

DELAFORCE COLHEITA 1986 ($33,/500 ml). Remarkably graceful, with a layered finish that lingers for literally minutes.

GRAHAM'S 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY ($53). Sweet but not overtly sugary, with flavors that echo figs, honey, caramel, and more.

SANDEMAN 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY ($55). Simultaneously rich and refined, with a fresh acidity that enlivens its dried-fruit flavors.

DOW'S 10 YEAR OLD TAWNY ($30). Displays the sort of finesse usually found in older tawnies; an excellent value.

NIEPOORT COLHEITA 1991 ($68). From a colheita specialist; concentrated but with a graceful and wonderful lingering finish.

TAYLOR FLADGATE 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY ($52). Lush yet still lively, with a deliciously nutty, caramel-tinged character.

CHURCHILL'S 10 YEAR OLD TAWNY ($30). Toffee scented
and impressively long on the palate.

SMITH WOODHOUSE TRADITIONAL LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE 1995 ($30). Intensely concentrated but at the same time supple, with a light touch in the finish.

FONSECA UNFILTERED LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE 2001 ($23). Rich and potent, with impressive depth of flavor and excellent balance.

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