Port recommendations

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  1. Teacher

    Teacher Senior member

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    I really like port but don't know a whole lot about it. I also don't like it enough to buy books on it like I have for beer and bourbon. I'm looking for suggestion in the $20-ish range. I've only tried about a half dozen brands in that range (and a little higher), and my favorite has been Fonseca Bin 27. So, what say you?
     
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    Teacher:

    Buy any Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) you can find at your price point from a major house.
     
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    I'm not that into port enough to know what I'm drinking, but I always like to have a bottle or two around. I usually just get the stuff that comes in those plain looking bottles with white text painted on them and have never gone wrong with them. The only bad port that I've had was under some "Raven" label or some such.
     
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    Teacher: Buy any Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) you can find at your price point from a major house.
    +1. This is what I was (not surprisingly) going to say. Lately Noval LBV has been floating my boat. ~ Huntsman
     
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    +1. This is what I was (not surprisingly) going to say. Lately Noval LBV has been floating my boat.

    ~ Huntsman


    I was spending my father's day gift this weekend and noticed the 2003 Quinta du Noval. Almost double what I paid for it already [​IMG]
     
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    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bin 27 (a ruby) and LBVs are a lot of fun, especially with chocolate cake. Taylor, Graham-- they're all offering something.

    For a more laid-back drink, consider a tawny port. You might get a decent 10-year-old in the range you quote.
     
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    Yes, I like tawneys too, but I haven't bought one in years. Maybe I'll do just that.
     
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    +1

    You can still find a number of 2000 LBVs around from the "usual suspects" -- these are a fantastic value for the money!
     
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    In Porto recently I got quite a lot of 2003 single years. Barros, Calem, Nieport and some obcure I cant remember. I also got a centenial case from Calem, 10, 20, 30 & 40year vintages with casing. Nice to taste the variety a different age brings. Dont find rubys interesting, LBV's are nice for coocking [​IMG]
     
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    In Porto recently I got quite a lot of 2003 single years.
    Barros, Calem, Nieport and some obcure I cant remember.
    I also got a centenial case from Calem, 10, 20, 30 & 40year vintages with casing.
    Nice to taste the variety a different age brings.

    Dont find rubys interesting, LBV's are nice for coocking [​IMG]


    I have several of these tucked away:

    [​IMG]

    And for something almost ready to drink, how about a mag of '77 Graham's?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Niepoort.

    Not widely available, but very very good value. Their Ruby (they call it Junior Tinto) at about $15 is unbeatable at that price.

    http://www.niepoort-vinhos.com/
     
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    I have several of these tucked away:

    [​IMG]

    And for something almost ready to drink, how about a mag of '77 Graham's?

    [​IMG]



    Very nice. Enjoyed a bottle of the '77 Graham's back in 2000. That is some great stuff. I'm impressed that you have that much discipline. I would have cracked that puppy open by now.
     
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    Very nice. Enjoyed a bottle of the '77 Graham's back in 2000. That is some great stuff. I'm impressed that you have that much discipline. I would have cracked that puppy open by now.

    I'm a patient man when it comes to aging my wine [​IMG]

    The secret is to always buy multiples. One of my favorite things is to taste a wine several years apart.
     
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    you might try some of the austrailian port style wines. for example, buller makes a some good, inexpensive wine.
     

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