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Port for xmas gift $30-$50 range

Hi I have a friend just getting into Port and i wanted to get her a nice bottle of it this year for christmas. She likes Tawny ports, any good recs in that price range?

I enjoy Port but am no afficianado and would like to learn more myself. Personally i like Churchill's 10 yr Tawny as my drink of choice but am looking to expand my horizons.


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  1. I like kalyra's tawny port. Very drinkable. it comes in a split. under $50 by a long way.

    Otima by Warre costs more, but is very nice.

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    1. re: Diana

      Kalyra's is a Tawny, but it isn't Port(o).

    2. Had some ware's otima 20-year-old tawny at a tasting a while ago and it was great. taylor fladgate's 20-year-old isn't bad either.
      vintage port is probably gonna be outta your price range for good things which are old enough to drink, so tawny's probably your best bet. or you could always get some madeira, say a d'oliveira? i've found madeira tends to be a little less ridiculously priced than some ports.

        1. I love Tawny ports, My favorite in that price range is Grahams 20 year.

          1. If she likes Tawny Porto, the best (IMHO) 20-Year Tawny Porto around is Ferreira's. I much prefer it to Graham's, Warre's, Taylor's, Fonseca's, etc., etc. It's widely regarded as the best around. (Even Johnny Graham [of Churchill, Graham] enjoys it!)

            If she likes Tawny Porto, I would NOT get her a Vintage Porto . . . unless you want to spend a lot more than $30-50 and buy a Vintage Porto from 1983. But you might want to consider a Colheita, a Tawny Porto from a single harvest.

            1. One of my favorite Tawny Ports is McGuigan Private Reserve Tawny Port, which is imported from Australia by Stevenot Winery (Calaveras County, California). This wine is available for purchase at Stevenot's website for $20. It is made from 100% Shiraz grapes and fortified with aged brandy. This is a creamy Port with delicious flavors of raisins, caramels, and figs.


              1. At the upper-end of your price range are two of the best Tawnies, IMO, Taylor-Fladgate 20yr and Porto Barros 20. Each is great, though somewhat different. I personally opt for the Taylor 20, over their 30 & 40. Their 10 year is good, but not up to the integration of the 20. A different style, but nice too, is the Cockburn 20. It's lighter and has a bit less "nutiness" in the finish, and comes in just a bit below the above two 20 year Tawnies.


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                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  In the FWIW mode, I agree about the Taylor's 20 being better (or at least I prefer it to) Taylor's 10-. 30- and 40-Year Old. though my favorite is the Ferreira 20-Year Old, the Barros is always high on my list.

                2. I just had a really great LBV port, Quinta do Portal 1996 LBV (at Iberia Peninsula in Newark, NJ). Smooth and delicious, nicely aged taste (contrasted with Ferreira 1997 Vintage, really fruity and young, drunk next to it). I plan to find and buy a bottle, seems to retail for less than $20 (winesearcher.com).

                  I am under the impression that Late Bottled Vintage are aged NV but aged in barrels a while before bottling? That is, this was probably 5 years old on average when bottled in 1996.