Wines which have spirit added to them to raise the alcohol volume are known as fortified wines. Port (from Portugal), sherry (from Spain) and Madeira (from the eponymous island in the Atlantic Ocean) are the main styles, with a supporting role from Marsala (from Sicily) and the French fortified wines, Pineau des Charentes and Ratafia. Read More »
A half bottle of 1997 vintage port from Taylor's. 1997 was another great year for port production, leading to a general declaration by the major houses, and should be matured in the bottle for a few more years (as of 2014) before drinking.
A bottle of Croft port from the outstanding 2011 vintage. Having experienced a near-perfect growing season, this is the best vintage that many port growers can remember. 93-95/100 from Wine Advocate's erobertparker.com is a great score for a port at this price point.
A bottle of Taylor's port from the outstanding 10/10 2011 vintage. A blockbuster of a port, this is rich and complex and can be drunk now when young or will keep for a few decades. This was awarded a very impressive 96-98/100 from erobertparker.com.
A bottle of Fonseca port from the outstanding 10/10 2011 vintage. Easily the port of the vintage, this is simply stunning. As close to perfection as port has come in recent years, this received an incredible 97-99/100 from Wine Advocate's erobertparker.com.
A bottle of Fonseca vintage port from the excellent 2007 vintage. Approachable young, but one which will undoubtedly continue to age gracefully, this received an impressive 96/100 from Neal Martin on erobertparker.com.
A 1985 vintage port from famous producer Taylor's. It has developed very well since bottling, and is drinking brilliantly now, but will improve even further if you have the self-control to cellar it for a few more years.
The 40 year old Tawny release from the famed port house of Graham's - the oldest in their regular range. Well aged in oak and assembled by master blender Charles Symington from wines laid down by his father, uncles, grandfather and great-grandfather.
A spectacular tawny port from leading producer Taylor's, this has been aged in wood for forty years, and those four decades of careful maturation have produced a port of incredible complexity on the nose and matchless drinkability on the silky-soft palate.