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Port Recommendation for Christmas Present?

Aravisea Nov 21, 2010 05:44 AM

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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    zin1953 RE: Aravisea Nov 22, 2010 06:00 AM

    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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      Aravisea RE: zin1953 Dec 4, 2010 10:11 AM

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

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        Steve_K RE: Aravisea Dec 13, 2010 07:27 AM

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

    2. waitress RE: Aravisea Nov 24, 2010 03:40 PM

      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.

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        budnball RE: Aravisea Nov 30, 2010 08:00 PM

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

        1. ibstatguy RE: Aravisea Dec 1, 2010 07:45 AM

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

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            jochaima RE: Aravisea Dec 13, 2010 05:19 AM

            Niepoort Tawny Port 20 Year Old is a great tawny!

            1. ChefJune RE: Aravisea Dec 13, 2010 10:14 AM

              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."

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                ReeseChiarlo RE: Aravisea Dec 14, 2010 06:06 PM

                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. Bill Hunt RE: Aravisea Dec 18, 2010 04:48 PM

                  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.



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                    wanker RE: Aravisea Dec 21, 2010 12:54 PM

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

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                      Bill Hunt RE: wanker Dec 21, 2010 06:09 PM

                      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,


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