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Port Recommendation for Christmas Present?

I'd like to get a bottle of port for my dad. He enjoys port but is not a connoisseur, and I'd like to spend $50 or less. Any suggestions?

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  1. It would help if we had an example of the kind of Porto that he usually enjoys -- that way, our recommendations would be more suited to HIS palate, rather than ours (i.e.: "well, I like X," or "oh, this is <$50; that will work).

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    1. re: zin1953

      I had to ask my mother to do some reconnaissance, but found out that he likes tawney's aged at least 10 years.

      1. re: Aravisea

        Ramos Pinto 10 Year Tawny would be my pick of them.

    2. Port is a great gift. I would go to a local wine shop and see if they have any gems hidden, they could have some vintage or Late Bottled. It might be interesting to give him a gift of 10 yr, 20 yr and 30 yr. Or a basic Tawny and then maybe one nicer one. Or a Ruby and a Tawny.

      Taylor Fladgate, Graham's, Warre's, Dow, Sandeman. These are very easy to find.
      There are plenty of great Ports, even at your higher end groceries.

      1. My current fave is a Quinta Do Roriz 2001 which I picked at the Wine Library online for about $30.

        1. no specific recs from Asimov but an informative article which may be of help: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/din...

          1. Niepoort Tawny Port 20 Year Old is a great tawny!

            1. On my Wine Lovers' Calendar for today, Karen MacNeil suggests the 99 Warre's bottle matured LBV Port for about $30 a bottle. She says "it's fantastic quality for the price."

              1. The 2007 Vintage Ports (which were just released) have gotten fantastic ratings and is something that can be laid down or collected or consumed. Though finding a good one under 50 will be difficult they do exist. Most seem to range from 60-90. A little pricey, but the 2007 vintage is one of the best in recent times.

                2003 vintage ports were also good, but not quite as heralded, but can be had at a slightly lower price.

                1. For my fav. Tawney, Taylor-Fladgate 20 year Tawney, I think that I pay around US$45/btl., but might be off a few $. I enjoy it more than their 30 and 40 year Tawnies, at 3x the price.



                  1. Graham's 20 year old, but any 20 year plus vintage would be great.

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                    1. re: wanker

                      Now, so as to not confuse things, a Tawny is seldom listed by "vintage," unless it is a Colheita. The general Tawnies are an average of the blend in the bottle, so a 20 year Tawney will be an average of the blend. With a true VP, the date of production will be stated, so a 1985 Taylor-Fladgate will now be 20+ years. In very general terms, a Tawney is meant to be consumed near the date of bottling, where a true VP will mature (maybe good, or maybe not) in the bottle, after it has been placed "in glass."

                      Hope that makes sense and clears things up a bit,