Messenger in a Bottle

Taylor Fladgate uncorks a vanished century with its latest release of tawny port. Typically, tawny ports reflect the average age of their blended wines, with 10, 20, 30, and 40 years being the standard figures. However, some tawnies possess such exceptional structure that they are held back and used sparingly to lend added depth to older […]

A Two-Day Foray into Portuguese Wine

The Yeatman hotel in Oporto, Portugal, is cracking open its 25,000-bottle wine cellar for two days—Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1—for guests to taste more than 100 of the country’s best wines. Many of the property’s wine brands and winemakers will be on hand to take guests through tastings of the Alves de […]

Cellar Notes: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo 2008

The Amorim family’s fortune had its beginnings among the rambling port lodges that line the hillsides above the Douro River in Porto, but the family did not amass its wealth by making Portugal’s famous fortified wine; rather, its members were engaged in the less glamorous business of manufacturing cork stoppers. Their success, however, later enabled […]

A Newer Look for Graham’s Older Tawnies

Life moves slowly along Portugal’s Douro River, but after more than 190 years, it’s time for a change at Symington Family Estates, which is owned and operated by the fifth-generation descendants of the founders. Specifically, it is the Symington’s flagship Graham’s brand and its 20-, 30-, and 40-year-old Tawny ports ($60, $130, and $190, respectively) […]

Prats & Symington 2006 Chryseia

The traditional winemaking methods of Portugal’s Douro Valley and those of Pauillac inBordeaux, like the two region’s climates, could not differ more. Yet, in 1999, the Symington family, producers of several leading Ports, partnered with Bruno Prats, the former owner of Château Cos d’Estournel, to make table wine from the Douro’s finest vineyards using Bordelaise techniques. […]

Quinta do Noval 1997 Vintage Port Nacional, Portugal

António José da Silva bought this estate in 1894 and painstakingly replanted the vineyards—an effort that paid off handsomely with the 1931 vintage, which many consider to be the century’s finest port. This spectacular wine is saturated with essences of bitter chocolate, fresh black pepper, licorice, and blackberry liqueur.

Fonseca 2007 Vintage Port Portugal

Family owned since 1822, Fonseca continues to be admired by collectors as one of the finest port houses. Head winemaker David Guimaraens, the great-great-great-grandson of founder Manoel Pedro Guimaraens, upholds his family’s tradition of excellence with this vintage port, which brims with aromas of blackberry jam, white pepper, and licorice.

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