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Port plus One

Please your palate & reduce your heating bill! Tasters found two wines outstanding.
January 11, 2023




Tasters found two wines outstanding.

The single vineyard white port, although unseasonable at this time, showed extraordinary quality at a very reasonable price. 

The one non-port of the tasting, the 2002 Mas Blanc Banyuls Collection, showed a wonderful maturity and savory spice everyone loved. We sold out at the tasting, and the importer has no more, but we will have the equally good 2000 vintage in about two weeks at the same price. Don't miss it.

The rest of the wines were good examples of their types. The 2011 Graham's Port, although powerful, showed young and unexpressive. We had not decanted it ahead.

We will have it and all the others from last week available to try, along with tonight's wines. They should show at least it's good and probably better in the case of the Graham's.


Port Plus One

Quinta Val Do Maria White Port (Aperitif) Round fruit, crisp aftertaste. Would you like a lemon with that? Very Good 15.99, 13.59case

Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Tawny; Color: Light reddish brown; Aroma: Light, clean, racy firm, clean, precise; Mouth: Smooth lightish clean, racy acidity, elegant, clean, firm, sweet finish; Very Good Plus $37; Case, $31.45

2002 Mas Blanc (Parce) Banyuls Collection; Color: Light red-brown; Aroma: Fresh, clean, rather rich, nuanced, and subtle; Mouth: Semi -bright meddled fruit, clean, firm, long; Excellent $40; Case, $34

Graham's Six Grapes; Color: very dark; Aroma: heady sweet, very dense, some breadth soft, a bit of nut; Mouth: thick sweet fullish, fat, light on its feet, clean pure; Very Good Plus $27.99; Case, $23.79

2016 Taylor Fladgate LBV; Aroma: Heady, rather dense, firmly structured, dense & heady; Mouth: Bright, sweet, full rounded, nice cherry acidity forward long; Very Good Plus $26.99; Case, $22.94

2011 Graham's Port; Aroma: Very heady dryish leathery full, very rich more than sweet; Mouth: Very thick, rich, dense, full, very rich sweet, very deep, lots of leather well-structured long; Excellent $118; Case, $100


Port Sale

Some have sold out, but many good ones remain. Ends this week

Take 10% off single bottle prices of these Ports

Free delivery on orders above $200


New Arrival: Taylor's rare 50-year-old tawny in a presentation box


1977 Dow's Vintage Porto                                      $179

1977 Gould Campbell Magnum $325

1994 Dow's Port                                                        $145

1994 Fonseca Vintage Porto                                  $239

1997 Dow's Port                                                        $125

1997 Graham's Port                                                 $90

1997 Taylor Fladgate Port                                     $145

2000 Fonseca Vintage Port                                  $125

2003 Graham's Vintage Port                                $119

2011 Fonseca Port                                                 $115

2011 Graham's Vintage Port                                 $118

2011 Taylor Fladgate Port                                      $115

2015 Cockburns Vintage Port                               $65

2015 Graham's Stone Terraces Port                  $240

2016 Croft Vintage Port                                          $105

2016 Fonseca Vintage Port                                   $125

2016 Graham's Vintage Port                                $134

2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port                     $125

2017 Cockburn Vintage                                          $100

2017 Croft Vintage                                                   $105

2017 Dow Vintage Port                                           $140

2017 Fonseca Vintage                                              $128

2017 Graham Vintage                                              $140

2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage                               $128

Dow's 40 YO Tawny Porto                                     $199

Taylor Golden Age 50-Year-Old Tawny Port  $350

Van Zeller 40-Year Tawny Port                           $175


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