Wood ports are only bottled when ready to drink and are not meant for further aging in the bottle. They will, however, hold fine for years. These ports retain their freshness after being opened and need no decanting.
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Port and the Douro
Port and the Douro
Dedicated to vintage Port to include harvests as recent as 2011 and information on vintages back to 1844.
Port is a sweet fortified wine from the grapes growing on the deep valley walls sloping down to the Douro River in Portugal. Port is made from up to about 40 grape varieties, most of which are red. After a brief fermentation to about 6% alcohol, the still fermenting grape must is poured off into larger containers holding spirit, which kills the yeast and stops fermentation. The young wine is then shipped from the vineyards to the Port houses in Oporto, where it stays in barrel for a year or two. At that time a "vintage" can be declared, and the Port bottled with a vintage designation.
Cockburns Tawny Port, Portugal
Fine Tawny is aged for about the same amount of time as Cockburnís Fine Ruby (about three years), but in smaller barrels to hasten aging to a reddish amber (tawny) color and to develop a smoother, nutty flavor. Many of these wines are also left "upriver" in the Douro Valley to age in the hotter climate, thus speeding the aging process and lightening the color.
Croft Tawny Port, Portugal This is a Finest Reserve Port which is a blend of ports which have been aged in wood for four to five years to produce wines of greater complexity than their younger counterparts. A port with attractive, intense fresh fruit aromas and flavors. The wine has good weight and structure with a fine finish.
Dows Boardroom Tawny Port, Portugal This Port originates from Dowís own Quinta do Bomfim estate and a handful of
neighboring vineyards. Fruity, luscious and mellow with an attractive undertone of spice. Trademark has the slightly drier finish, which has always been the hallmark of all Dowís Port. Bottled ready for immediate consumption and requires no decanting.
Fonseca Tawny Port 20 Year Old, Portugal
Fonseca Twenty Year Old Tawny Porto is deep amber in color with russet highlights. "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."
94 Points Wine Spectator
Graham's Tawny Port 30 year, Portugal
The grapes used in the production of Grahamís 30 Years Old were a blend of traditional Portuguese varieties from the Douro Valley, such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinto C„o. "Remarkably, this is able to show age and long cask aging, but the flavor is still here: figs and honey, balanced out with burnt caramel aged acidity and a rich (but not sweet) finish. Excellent, top quality aged tawny.
Editors' Choice" 95 Points Wine Enthusiast
Osborne Port Vintage 1995, Portugal
Dark purple color, almost opaque with pronounced viscosity.
Highly intense aromas of ripe young red and dark fruit. Deep and intense although very elegant, rich in character and aristocratic structure with exuberant notes of jammy blackberries, violets and cassis. Lingers on the palate seemingly forever.
Port Bottle ports mature in bottle after two years of cask aging. They will age for decades in the bottle, softening and maturing, and will develop sediment as they receive no filtration prior to bottling. Wood-aged Ports all have stopper corks.
Though Port had been crafted in the Douro Valley of Northern Portugal for
centuries, it was the British merchants of the 17th and 18th centuries who
helped transform Port (or Porto as the Portuguese call it) into one of the
world's finest of wine selections.
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