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Library Wine Department - Featuring Port - 11/23/2017 - Port

Our Library Wine Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week are collectible Ports.. In this list you’ll find bottlings from: Dow, Graham, Warre, Fonseca, Taylor, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to add to your collection, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
1991 Cockburn Vintage Port 1 $59.99 View
2003 Cockburn Vintage Port 1 $59.99 View
2003 Cockburn's "Quinta Dos Canais" Vintage Port 3 $49.99 View
1990 Dow "Quinta do Bomfim" Vintage Port 96 2 $79.99 View
1983 Dow's Vintage Port 90 5 $109.99 View
1963 Dow's Vintage Port (Previously $350) 95 9 Price: Hidden View
2000 Dow's Vintage Port 99 6 $99.99 View
1991 Dow's Vintage Port 92 1 $79.99 View
2011 Dow's Vintage Port 99 1 $249.99 View
1994 Dow's Vintage Port (NO Front Label) 1 $109.99 View
1955 Fonseca (Wine Society Limited) Port 1 $474.99 View
1997 Fonseca Vintage Port 93 25 $109.99 View
1963 Fonseca Vintage Port 98 15 $399.99 View
1983 Fonseca Vintage Port 92 2 $109.99 View
1966 Fonseca Vintage Port 97 2 $274.99 View
1970 Fonseca Vintage Port 96 27 $249.99 View
2011 Fonseca Vintage Port 99 19 $99.99 View
2000 Fonseca Vintage Port (375ml) 95 2 $54.99 View
1992 Graham's Malvedos Port 92 2 $59.99 View
1991 Graham's Vintage Port 94 14 $89.99 View
1985 Graham's Vintage Port 96 14 $129.99 View
1963 Graham's Vintage Port 97 8 $399.99 View
1970 Graham's Vintage Port 94 28 $199.99 View
2000 Graham's Vintage Port 98 5 $99.99 View
1997 Graham's Vintage Port 95 1 $74.99 View
2011 Graham's Vintage Port 97 6 $89.99 View
1948 Graham's Vintage Port (no label, vintage and wine indicated on cork/capsule) 1 $799.99 View
1997 Niepoort Vintage Port 95 4 $89.99 View
1994 Osborne Late Bottled Vintage Port 1 $44.99 View
1992 Quinta do Infantado "Estate Bottled" Vintage Port 95 5 $89.99 View
1991 Quinta do Infantado "Estate Bottled" Vintage Port 3 $69.99 View
1992 Quinta do Infantado "Estate Bottled" Vintage Port (soiled labels) 95 3 $89.99 View
1994 Ramos Pinto Vintage Port 4 $59.99 View
1963 Sandeman Vintage Port 96 3 $199.99 View
1966 Sandeman Vintage Port 10 $199.99 View
1991 Taylor "Quinta de Vargellas" Vintage Port 95 7 $89.99 View
Taylor 10 Year Old Tawny Port 90 >48 $34.99 View
Taylor 40 Year Old Tawny Port 95 1 $159.99 View
2007 Taylor Fladgate "Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha" Port 98 5 $219.99 View
2011 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 98 17 $99.99 View
1983 Taylor Vintage Port 94 16 $129.99 View
1963 Taylor Vintage Port 97 24 $399.99 View
1977 Taylor Vintage Port 97 >36 $219.99 View
1970 Taylor Vintage Port 99 5 $269.99 View
1985 Taylor Vintage Port 93 17 $129.99 View
1994 Vallegre "Quinta da Vista Alegre" Vintage Port 1 $39.99 View
1994 Warre's Vintage Port 95 2 $99.99 View
1985 Warre's Vintage Port (Previously $130) 90 12 Price: Hidden View


1991 Cockburn Vintage Port - 1 available ($59.99)

Wine Spectator: "A harmonious wine. Good, deep-purple color and fragrant raspberry and earthy aromas. Full-bodied yet reserved, with fine, full tannins and a long, delicious finish. Best after 1998." (07/1994)

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2003 Cockburn Vintage Port - 1 available ($59.99)

2003 Cockburn's "Quinta Dos Canais" Vintage Port - 3 available ($49.99)

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1990 Dow "Quinta do Bomfim" Vintage Port - 2 available ($79.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I thought this was a staggering example of port. Dow's style tends to be more backward, but this opaque black/purple-colored wine reveals a huge, powerful, intense palate, with gobs of flesh and viscous fruit. There is considerable tannin in the finish. It is a massive port with no indication of excessive alcohol in the finish. A magnificent young, dry-styled vintage port that just goes on and on in the mouth, it should last for 20-30 years. The single Quinta ports are just as spectacular as any vintage port I tasted from 1983 or 1985. (RP)" (01/1993)

Wine Spectator: "Firm and fleshy, with ripe black cherry, vanilla and coffee aromas and flavors. Shows a definite grip of tannin and alcohol on the finish, but in balance. A chewy wine that will need to sort itself out." (08/1992)

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1983 Dow's Vintage Port - 5 available ($109.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977. The 1983 is rich, concentrated, very fruity, and magnificently perfumed... (RP)" (01/1989)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson and slightly grey. Very sweet and round and slightly raisiny. Slight rustic edge but very ripe and round and lively with a certain freshness and punch. Long and powerful. Looking good for the future, A confident wine. 17.5/20 points." (10/2004)

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1963 Dow's Vintage Port (Previously $350) - 9 available Price: Hidden

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Perfectly mature, this Port's tannins have softened over the past 40-plus years, leaving it lushly textured and displaying rich fig and chocolate flavors. Finishes long, picking up a touch of almond to go with the fig, flavors Symington calls -Dows hallmarks." (03/2008)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale brick colour with fragrant scents of mossy wood, potpourri, cinnamon and dried mulberry plus a whiff of espresso. A mature, well balanced Port comes through in the mouth with high acidity cutting through the lingering dried berry and spice fruit and a medium level of grainy tannins. Long finish. (LPB)" (09/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Tasted from magnum. This is a wonderfully silky and rich wine. Deep and concentrated raspberry and cherry character, with a hint of spice. Full-bodied and very sweet, with layers of fruit and a long finish. (JS)" (12/1999)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid to pale ruby with a brick rim. Wonderfully mature, complex nose with dried fruits - prunes? - but freshness too. Hint of dark chocolate. Alcohol wonderfully integrated. Then on the palate a real dancer of a wine - perfectly lively and truly tonic on the palate. Real delicacy - not desperately sweet, just beautifully balanced. Very very clean finish with a definite whisper of tannin on the finish. The Syms reckons this would be one of the top four or five vintage ports of the 20th century by anyone's reckoning and certainly it demonstrated to me exactly what I love about really mature, top quality vintage port - a world away from young ruby. 19.5/20 points (JR)" (10/2006)

K&L Notes: 94-95 points Neal Martin: "A beautiful rich nose of roasted coffee beans, cherry liqueur and Asian spice. The palate is smooth, hedonistic and loaded with sweet red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. There is a saturated quality to this Dow, a sense of completeness that I love. An opulent chocolaty finish - very long and attractive. Perhaps not as 'structured' as I expected but this Dow is drinking beautifully and will surely last a number of years. Drink now-2020. Tasted July 2003." (Wine Journal, 9/2008)

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2000 Dow's Vintage Port - 6 available ($99.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Shows the intense ripeness of the vintage with hints of raisins and other dried fruits. Full-bodied, medium sweet and so very velvety. A big mouthful. Superb. Just starting to open." (01/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "An impressively concentrated wine, showing the hallmark Dows dry edge, but still full of ripe fruit, flavors of black plums and berries. It has weight and spice, but also a delicious perfume, layered through a smooth, opulent texture. (RV)" (10/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An opaque blue/purple color (typical of this vintage's top offerings) is followed by a strikingly provocative aromatic display (flowers, licorice, blackberries, and cassis). This firmly-structured, classic, tightly-knit, restrained port exhibits brilliant purity as well as impressive intensity. While not the most dramatic or flamboyant, it is a beautiful, classically structured port that will age gracefully. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030. (RP)" (10/2002)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated bright ruby. Primary, backward aromas of cassis, redcurrant, licorice, minerals, bitter chocolate and spices. Penetrating, structured and powerful. Not hugely sweet but boasts superb flavor definition and impressive extract. A very unevolved port that's best today on the expanding finish, which features notes of cassis, violet, dark chocolate and peaty earth and terrific grip and thrust. (ST)" (01/2003)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Very grapey, with black licorice and blackberry character. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and an exquisite finish. Refined and well-made. Best after 2012. (JL)" (05/2003)

K&L Notes: Typical Dow. Big, burly and dryish style. Violets and some malty aromas. Rich cassis flavors. Sweet on the entry and quite silky on the mid-palate. Dry finish with plenty of tannin and acid evident. (Alex Pross, K&L) And 95+ from Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "I under-estimated this Dow when it was first released. It has a deeper in colour than the Fonseca, the Dow 2000 has a lifted nose with fruitcake, damson, black plum, a touch of nail varnish and apricots. The more that you inhale its perfume the more complex it seems. The palate is full-bodied, quite spicy on the entry but very austere in the middle. Firm tannins, robust, a touch of dryness towards the earthy finish. Nice persistency on the finish, those peppery motes flittering about the mouth. Drink 2020-2050+ Tasted May 2009."

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1991 Dow's Vintage Port - 1 available ($79.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Perfumed and gorgeous, with flowers, berry and plum. Full-bodied, very sweet and round, with lovely rich fruit and a long finish. A tiny bit of heat, but will come around nicely. Very pretty indeed. Hard not to swallow now. (JS)" (05/2005)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The firmly-structured, moderately tannic, impressively colored and concentrated 1991 Vintage Port is less precocious and more reserved than the 1992 Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Port. It may develop along the lines of the stern but powerful 1977. The wine offers a classic display of black fruits, licorice, and chocolate aromas and flavors, as well as a full-bodied, muscular style with considerable tannin and firmness. Give it 10-12 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+. (RP)" (02/1995)

Jancis Robinson: "Crimson with a bit of age at the rim. Warm and pruney with definite evolution, Not unattractive. Sweet red wine with marked acidity for a port. Lively, a very particular style." (10/2004)

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2011 Dow's Vintage Port - 1 available ($249.99)

99 points Wine Spectator: "*** #1 Wine of the Year 2014 - Collectibles *** Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirsch and cassis flavors that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty. One for the ages. Best from 2030 through 2060. (KM)" (02/2014)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Dow Vintage Port was made from no less than 44 separate ferments from finest fruit sourced from Quinta do Bomfim (35% of the blend), Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira (42%) and the Santinho (14%) and Cerdeira (6%) estates. Just six of the best lots were used in the final blend, which consists of 40% Touriga Franca, 36% Touriga Naçional, 10% Sousão and 14% of old vine plantings. It has a beautiful, quite extravagant bouquet with copious black and red fruit, Indian spice, and hints of menthol and orange rind that unfold wonderfully in the glass. The palate is a sumptuous affair, one that is beautifully balanced with velvety smooth, plump tannins, copious black fruit with a harmonious, white pepper-tinged finish that is a decadent delight. This is one of the finest of the declarations of 2011 Vintage Ports, a sublime expression of the vintage you would be foolish not to buy. This is Dow at its best. (NM)" (05/2013)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, saturated dark ruby. Penetrating aromas of black cherry, violet, lavender, licorice, dark tobacco and minerals. Then plush and elegant in the mouth, with outstanding depth and a hint of youthful bitterness to the superconcentrated flavors of black raspberry and spices. The wine's perfectly integrated acidity and floral lift give the finish great hang time. With 48 hours in the recorked bottle, this beauty showed its powerful underlying medicinal reserve without losing its freshness. Should be a wonderful follow-up to the splendid 2007 Dow--and very long-lived. Snap this one up and grow old gracefully with it. 97+ Points (ST)" (06/2014)

97 points Wine & Spirits: "Dows Vintage is often remote on release, a kernel of impacted flavor. This vintage is more like a perfect sphere. All the elements are there, from plump, superripe fruit to polished schist tannins, suspended in a round, complete integration that refuses to break apart. Smoky, bright, luscious and bold, its a wine thats easy to imagine being still fresh and complex at 50 years old, and its not a reach to believe it will live well to 80 or 100. This is a blend of Cima Corgo fruit from Bomfim and Douro Superior power from Senhora da Ribeira." (12/2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*** Cellar Selection *** A powerfully dense wine, solidly based on dry tannins and rich black fruit. Structure, fruit and acidity all come together in a wine that shows immense potential as well as a softer side now. (RV)" (09/2013)

96 points James Suckling: "Wow. What a sexy nose with aromas of crushed berries, wet earth and pebbles. Full body, medium sweet with an intense and powerful finish. A vintage Port that leaves an impression." (05/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Declared in 2013. This has appreciated more than any other vintage port, three times since launch (£54 to £180 a bottle). Syms have only 300 or 400 cases left. Very dark purple. Massive and great combination of ripe fruit and very fine tannins. So chewy but wonderfully concentrated. Refined and dry and with lots of fine, dry tannins. 19/20 Points (JR)" (09/2016)

1994 Dow's Vintage Port (NO Front Label) - 1 available ($109.99)

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1955 Fonseca (Wine Society Limited) Port - 1 available ($474.99)

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1997 Fonseca Vintage Port ($109.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Somewhat of a lightweight for Fonseca, but undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal of weight or massiveness. Heady alcohol, sweet tannin, and a velvety texture make for a gorgeous finish. While I would have preferred to have seen more weight, structure, and intensity, this is an outstanding, albeit lighter than normal Fonseca. Anticipated maturity: now-2020." (01/2000)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full saturated ruby. Inky, brooding aromas of syrupy black fruits and violet. Dense, thick and tactile, with superb depth of flavor and compelling juicy sweetness. Finishes with powerful tannins and superb grip. Not as flamboyantly aromatic as this wine normally is in its youth, but structured for long, slow development in bottle." (06/2000)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Shows maturity, with brown bread, melted licorice and espresso notes, carried by a fine-grained structure that allows toffee, toasted sesame and caramel notes to fill in easily on the finish. You can easily drink this now, but the elegance and balance will hold for a bit.--1997 Vintage Port retrospective (January 2017). Drink now through 2030. (JM, Web Only-2017)"

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1963 Fonseca Vintage Port ($399.99)

98 points Wine Spectator: "A grand slam. Deep ruby with a slightly red edge, intense black cherry and raspberry nose, full-bodied, with masses of fruit, full tannins and an extremely long finish. This can age indefinitely. (JS, Web Only-1989))"

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This example was bottled in Porto and remained in the houses bin until this tasting. The 1963 Vintage Port has a dark russet color. The nose is beautifully defined, perhaps this particular bottle less exuberant than other that I have encountered. It offers walnut, small cherries, juniper berries and a touch of spirit that expands in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderful balance and fine tannins. It has tremendous weight matched by nigh perfect acidity. It is very harmonious, almost honeyed towards the finish with hazelnut and cloves infusing the decayed fruit and hints of menthol on the spicy aftertaste. This is a sublime Fonseca that will last another two or three decades with ease. Drink now-2030+. (NM)" (02/2013)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 24, 2015

The perfect Port vintage and the perfect house for 1963. Stunning.

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1983 Fonseca Vintage Port - 2 available ($109.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. If Fonseca lacks the sheer weight and power of a Taylor, Dow or Warre, or the opulent sweetness and intensity of a Graham, it excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavors. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports. When it is young, it often loses out in blind tastings to the heavier, weightier, more tannic wines, but I always find myself upgrading my opinion of Fonseca after it has had 7-10 years of age. The 1983 is magnificently scented, full-bodied, creamy, rather forward, but showing great length and character. (RP)" (01/1989)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Deep, dark purple-ruby, with an intense, ripe raisin and mint nose, full-bodied, with raisin flavors, full tannins and a long finish." (01/1989)

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1966 Fonseca Vintage Port - 2 available ($274.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This is still a monster that needs time. Deep ruby, with a ripe, meaty cassis and berry nose, full-bodied, with tons of velvety fruit flavors, full tannins and a very long finish. (JS, Web-1989)"

Jancis Robinson: "Sweet red fruits on this with a peppery finish. This was still going strong! A note of pimento even. Lots of flattering roundness of texture. Mature vintage port is a very special treat. 19/20 points (JR)" (10/2015)

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1970 Fonseca Vintage Port ($249.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Some people may enjoy this wine's rather fat, rich and powerful fruit now, but I still find it too young for drinking. Deeply colored, with smoky mint, tar and fruit aromas, full-bodied, with concentrated fruit flavors and plenty of tannins. (JS, 1989)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Vintners Companys 650th anniversary celebration at Vintners Hall, the Fonseca 1970 was the finest bottle I have encountered. The bouquet opens beautifully with heady scents of clove, ginger, small red cherries, bergamot and allspice, displaying exquisite definition and harmony. The palate follows suit with lovely balance and poise in the mouth, notes of kirsch, shaved ginger and walnut building to an opulent, viscous finish that lacquers the mouth. Yet this bottle shows more control than the bottle tasted four years ago. The 1970 Fonseca is in a very nice place at the moment. You should join it. Tasted May 2013. (NM)" (06/2013)

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2011 Fonseca Vintage Port ($99.99)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Fonseca 2011 is typically more forthcoming on the nose compared to the bashful Croft: a strident bouquet with lifted scents of freshly picked blackberries, kirsch, crushed stone and a dash of Hoi Sin and oyster sauce. It is very well-defined, very focused and direct. The palate is silky smooth with not a rough edge in sight, though not a typically voluptuous Fonseca because of the keen thread of acidity and the structure that lends this mighty Port wonderful backbone. A slight viscosity on the finish lacquers the tongue and indicates a core of sweet fruit is ticking away underneath that will surely explode several years after bottling. A tincture of salted licorice on the aftertaste is very attractive. This will turn out to become an outstanding Fonseca, the growing season taming its exuberance with spectacular results. So much potential, but just 6,000 cases were produced. (NM)" (06/2013)

98 points Wine Spectator: "#13 Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014!!! Massive, concentrated and powerful, this offers lush, heady flavors of dark plum, blackberry and cherry tart, with touches of anise. Shows plenty of grip as well, featuring a long, rich finish of dark chocolate, toffee and cream. Best from 2040 through 2060." (02/2014)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerful, spicy wine, luscious in its peppered berry fruits and sweet tannins. The structure is dramatic, offering a smooth texture as well as a drier core. With its weight, density and dark, final character. This is a wine for serious aging." (11/2013)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, saturated dark ruby. Spectacularly multifaceted nose combines high-pitched medicinal cherry, briary black raspberry, pungent menthol, dried herbs, incense, Indian spices and a whiff of passion fruit. Boasts great creamy depth and vinosity to its black raspberry and licorice flavors, with huge sweetness buffered by spicy minerality. The note of passion fruit carries through on the palate. Really reverberates on the back end, finishing with powerful tannins and a rising whiplash of flavor. This got better and better with extended aeration, with the tannins making it obvious that it will be extremely long-lived." (05/2014)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "David Guimaraens blends this wine from three vineyards, the style focused on Cima Corgo suppleness from fruit at Panascal in the Távora Valley, along with Cruziero and Santo António in the Pinhão Valley. The 2011 is hugely powerful, presenting a solid wall of schist tannins with the gentleness of perfect ripeness. The wine shows no seams, just a vast, dynamic blackness, a meaty, tarry, berry fruit drama that will play out for decades." (12/2013)

95 points James Suckling: "Very grapy and leafy with hints of spices on the nose. Full body, medium sweet with fine, chewy tannins. Powerful, long finish with nuts and shaved chocolate. This young Fonseca has grip. 6,000 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Try in 2022." (05/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Heady, opulent nose. Completely enveloping, Smells as though there is going to be the most fabulous texture. Wow! All stops pulled out for this one. It's all absolutely gorgeous intensity of sweet fruit on the front palate and then gradually the schist and structure reveal themselves. This is really wonderful stuff. So tempting to sip it decades before it is ready. 19.5/20 points." (05/2013)

2000 Fonseca Vintage Port (375ml) - 2 available ($54.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dense ruby/purple-colored, with an exotic, exuberant perfume of black fruits, flowers, incense, and licorice, this unctuously-textured, full-bodied port is one of the most concentrated of the vintage. Sweet, expansive, and succulent, this large-scaled, but remarkably well-balanced effort is surprisingly forward and accessible (by Fonseca's standards). Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025." (10/2002)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium-deep ruby. Exotic aromas of black fruit liqueur, road tar, smoked meat and hot stones; this reminded me of a great ripe-year Hermitage. Hugely rich and dense, with compelling sweetness and pliancy but also sound framing acidity. Extremely youthful and very long on the aftertaste. Finishes with suave but strong tannins and excellent grip and thrust. Like the best examples of the vintage, this won't injure your palate if you broach a bottle today, but it's structured for extended aging." (01/2003)

94 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* Fabulous nose of crushed raspberries, blackberries and licorice. Full-bodied and velvety, with superclean fruit and a long finish. Beauty. Very harmonious for Fonseca. Best after 2011." (02/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark crimson. Baked nose slightly reminiscent of many Russian fortified wines. Very sticky without a real core of fruit in the middle. Dry clarety build with intensity and alcohol but not the balance of some others. Dry, peppery finish with lots of alcohol." (12/2012)

K&L Notes: Reserved on nose. Very rich and sweet. Black fruit flavors. Delicious long-term ager.

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1992 Graham's Malvedos Port - 2 available ($59.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Typically sweet, plump, fleshy, and fat, the opaque purple-colored 1992 Malvedos Vintage Port reveals copious aromas of flowers, licorice, and black fruits, gorgeously-seductive, voluptuously-textured flavors, light tannin, and a long, alcoholic finish. It should drink well in 2-3 years and last for up to 20." (02/1995)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Impressively rich and concentrated aromas of currants and fruit, with hints of earth. Big and thick on the palate, showing masses of fruit and tannins. Almost as good as the Graham '91. This one is built for long aging; try in 2000." (06/1995)

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1991 Graham's Vintage Port ($89.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Graham's 1991 Vintage Port gets my nod as the port of the vintage. While keeping in mind that Graham's aims for a sweeter-styled port, there is no doubting the opaque purple/black color, or the explosive nose of black fruits, licorice, spring flowers, and tar. Thick and full-bodied, with a satiny texture and a blockbuster, alcoholic finish, this is a top-notch vintage port. (RP)" (02/1995)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Lovely plum and coffee aromas open to a full-bodied palate, with sweet, decadent fruit. Velvety, with a long finish. Lots going on. '91/'92 Port retrospective. Best after 2007. (JS)" (05/2005)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson with some dark notes still. Very hot, alcoholic nose. Rather seductively, roundly perfumed. Quite evolved but it has evolved into something rather attractive. The thwack of ripe fruit is followed only at some interval by tight, well held-together tannins. This has more to give than it seems at first. Quite a dry finish -- especially for a Grahams port. (JR)" (08/2005)

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1985 Graham's Vintage Port ($129.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Graham is the undisputed star and kingpin of the 1985 vintage ports. Yes, it is made in a sweeter style than the other ports, but it is a fabulous wine because of a dazzling level of black-cherry fruit, an enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length. (RP)" (01/1989)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Dark color, with intense aromas of blackberry, licorice and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, lightly sweet, with superrefined tannins. Long and caressing. Very youthful. Will improve for a long time. This is really excellent. Always has been. Just starting to come around. (JS, Web Only-2008)"

Decanter: "Deep blackberry fruit. Rich, concentrated but very youthful with huge length." (01/2007)

Jancis Robinson: "Bright, glowing crimson. Dense and broad and luscious. Peppery finish. Not as sweet as some Graham's, and with more concentration than Graham's 1980. Polished, long and rich. Big and round. 18/20 points." (03/2017)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 24, 2015

The sweetest and sexiest of the 85s. Enjoy right now or wait till you turn 50.

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1963 Graham's Vintage Port - 8 available ($399.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This is a monumental wine with a great balance of fruit and tannin. Medium ruby with a garnet edge, enticing nose of bitter chocolate and plums, full-bodied, with chocolate and raspberry flavors, medium tannins and a very long finish.(JS, Web Only-1989)"

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "What a stunning 1963 vintage port this is! The bouquet draws you in, does not drag you in with its alcohol and reveals a fresh, well defined nose with a nutty edge, hints of cigar box and allspice. The palate is beautifully balanced, understated on the entry but building all the time, flashes of eucalyptus leading towards a more extrovert, clove tinged finish that hangs around the palate like an obsessed ex-girlfriend. Gorgeous Grahams! Drink now-2030. (NM)" (09/2009)

K&L Notes: According to the Symington Family Estates (SFE) Tasting Room Team: "Simply sublime, 50 years old and still so vital and complete. Shown in conjunction with the 2011 Vintage Ports, many critics noted the same ‘schistous’ aromatic notes associated with the 2011s. There were also wonderful aromas of tea-leaf and mint, bergamot and cinnamon and a seductive palate, complex and very, very refined. An absolute delight." (2013)

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1970 Graham's Vintage Port ($199.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is an extremely full-bodied, powerful wine, but it still retains a classy balance. Deep ruby, with chocolate and berry aromas, full-bodied, with anise and dried cherry flavors, full, hard tannins and a long finish. Good now but a few more yearsof bottle age would improve it. (JS, Web Only-1989)"

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. The 1970 is a monumental vintage port and one of the greats of the vintage. (RP)" (01/1989)

Jancis Robinson: "Charles Symington chose to serve this wine at his wedding no greater praise! 1970 was the year the Syms bought Grahams. Translucent ruby with rusty rim. Very complex tertiary bouquet, decongestant (aniseed?) aromas and wonderfully sweet but very far from sickly on the palate with some vestiges of tannin. Just beautiful balance with sufficient freshness and vitality. Still very vigorous. A remarkably youthful bottle. 18.5/20 points." (05/2017)

K&L Notes: 92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at John E. Fells portfolio tasting. A Porto bottling this, but with a definite Bordeaux-like nose! Well defined, foursquare at first, opening up nicely with maraschino cherries, cloves, burnt wood/embers and bergamot, gaining intensity all the time in the glass. The palate is very harmonious and elegant (not dissimilar in texture to a ’63 opened a couple of months earlier.) Fleshy, harmonious, seductive on the palate with allspice, nutmeg and ginger sprinkled over the viscous finish and finally, freshly rolled tobacco on the aftertaste. Good length, powerful like many of the 1970 ports continue to be. Superb. Drink now-2020+." (05/2010)

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2000 Graham's Vintage Port - 5 available ($99.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Aromas of dried fruits, raisins and Christmas cake. Some chocolate undertones too, plus licorice and wet earth. Full body, medium sweet with gorgeous depth and intensity of fruit. So long and beautiful. What an amazing finish already. So sexy. Drink or hold. But this will go on for decades." (11/2015)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very powerful and racy. It lasts for minutes on your palate. Yet there's a balance and class to this young Vintage Port. This is the greatest glass of Graham I have ever tasted, young or old. Best after 2014. *Top 100 of 2003 #9 - Collectibles* (JS)" (05/2003)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Grapy, unformed, black raspberry liqueur and licorice-infused cassis notes leap from the glass of this opaque purple-colored wine. Sweet, plush, rich, and accessible, it is a forward, lush, concentrated effort that should drink well for two decades. (RP)" (10/2002)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated black-ruby. Superripe, bottomless nose of black fruits, mocha, bitter chocolate and flowers. Hugely sweet, dense and rich. A port of outstanding opulence and creamy texture; deceptively easy to taste. Substantial, sweet, spreading tannins are buried under a wave of fruit. Extremely long, fruit-driven finish. (ST)" (01/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Very tiny crop. Just 650 g per vine on average (they usually harvest 850 g per vine from Malvedos their lowest yielding, most consistently cropping quinta). Intense and liqueur-like on the nose. Very strong minty note. Dry finish with some tannins still evident. Very pure and clean. 17.5+/20 points" (09/2016)

K&L Notes: 93+ points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This seems to have more volatility on the nose than the other 2000s although it is not distracting from the ripe toasty black fruit infused with liquorices and creme de menthe. The palate is full-bodied with exceptionally smooth tannins, very refined and harmonious. A sensuous Grahams with black cherry, black olive, fruitcake, California raisin and damson towards the finish. Primal of course, but great potential. Drink 2012-2040. Tasted May 2009."

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1997 Graham's Vintage Port - 1 available ($74.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Plum and blackberry on the nose, with hints of dried violets. Wet earth. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, very chewy and rich. Long and caressing. Still very tight. Give it time. Very layered and structured. Much better than I remember. Impressive. (JS, Web Only-2008)"

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blackberries, licorice, and melted asphalt stand out in this full-bodied, beautifully made vintage port's moderately intense bouquet. It is not one of the great Graham's ports, and is less sweet than normal, but it is full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025. (RP)" (01/2000)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, saturated ruby. Subtle, complex, lively aromas of blackberry, flowers, licorice, spices and mint. Rich, supple and concentrated, if not as supersweet or densely structured as some outstanding recent vintages of Graham. But this nicely balanced port boasts lovely mouthwatering vinosity and enough backbone for medium-term aging. Finishes spicy and very long, with strong black fruit flavors. An easygoing style of Graham. (ST)" (05/2000)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep crimson. Thick, sweet and concentrated. Round and full and unctuous. Lots of macerated prunes and confidence. Lively and dense with real richness but a correct structure. Some floral notes and some dry tannins on the finish. Not quite married but a definite tea flavour. Dry finish. 17.5/20 points" (08/2005)

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2011 Graham's Vintage Port - 6 available ($89.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Grahams comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos, Tua, Vila Velha, das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1,454 and is a blend of 40% Touriga Naçional, 31% Touriga Franca, 6% Sousão and 23% mixture of very old vines. It has a more 'serious' bouquet compared to the Dow, with beguiling scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow, tobacco and cloves. Straight-laced, very well-defined and compelling, the palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and supremely well-judged acidity. It is utterly harmonious, with a pure core of ripe black cherries, damson, marmalade, clove and spices, and the finish lingers long in the mouth. The separation of 'The Stone Terraces' vines certainly does not appear to have detracted from a great Grahams. (NM)" (05/2013)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep, saturated ruby. Liqueur-like ripeness to the deeply fruity aromas of kirsch, black raspberry and cassis. Thick, sweet and seamless, with a silky texture and great depth to its utterly primary dark berry and spice flavors. Wonderfully pure, intense young port with outstanding finishing sweetness, well-judged oakiness and big, ripe, noble tannins. Leaves behind exhilarating kirsch and violet notes on the extremely long finish, with a note of bitter chocolate emerging with extended aeration. This fleshy beauty boasts beautifully managed tannins and outstanding aging potential. 96+ (ST)" (05/2014)

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of licorice, wet earth and berries follow through to a full body, medium sweetness and a chewy finish. Real deal. Structured." (05/2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Deliciously sweet and perfumed, its powerful plum fruit flavors make this wine already accessible. In the background are the tanninssolid and concentratedand the acidity, creating a nervous tension that confirms the wines aging potential. Hold for many years." (11/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This offers a decadently fruity aroma, with peppery accents to the cherry, raspberry and dark currant flavors that are lithe and juicy. Grippy tannins grace the mocha- and chocolate-infused finish. Best from 2025 through 2055. (KM)" (02/2014)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "A succulent vintage of Grahams, this has the plump fruit richness that marks the house style, presented with the brightness and seemingly endless generosity of 2011. Its a sweet blueberry crush of flavor, satisfying in its depths of firm, saturated tannins. The flavors open and expand, lasting with a sense of purity and near perfect balance. Grahams is largely a Cima Corgo Port, with half of it coming from the north bank of the Douro at Malvedos and Tua, east of Pinhão, and another 18 percent from just across the river at Vila Velha. This is a 2011 you could enjoy now or 50 years from now." (12/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Meaty and concentrated. Really covers the palate -- full width. Seems drier than most of the components on the finish but thoroughly exciting and complete. Spicy and noble. Minerally finish. 19/20 points" (05/2013)

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What a classic! This great vintage port is a must for anyone who has an anniversary or child born in 2011. It not only has the classic black fruit sweetness of Graham, but layers of Spanish root complexity. I found this 2011 to have both the richness of the vintage and the great vinous character of the very best of wines. This will be a great one for the future, with grip, acidity and length for the ages!

1948 Graham's Vintage Port (no label, vintage and wine indicated on cork/capsule) - 1 available ($799.99)

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1997 Niepoort Vintage Port - 4 available ($89.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Lots of range here, featuring flavors of red currant preserves and cherries jubilee, with hints of toffee and toasted sesame. The silky, racy structure is fully absorbed. This shows a high-pitched, perfumy note that runs through the finish. Distinctive and hard not to dig into now, but the precision should carry this for a while longer. (JM, Web Only-2017)"

1994 Osborne Late Bottled Vintage Port - 1 available ($44.99)

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1992 Quinta do Infantado "Estate Bottled" Vintage Port - 5 available ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There were only 1,000 cases produced of the 1992 Vintage Port, and they are not likely to languish on retailers' shelves. A saturated, black/purple color is followed by a huge, ripe, pure nose of jammy blackberry and cassis fruit that is vaguely reminiscent of such great 1990 Hermitages as Chapoutier's Le Pavillon, Jaboulet's La Chapelle, or Chave's red label Cuvee Cathelin. Awesome concentration, massive body, an unctuous texture oozing with fruit, glycerin, and extract, and a blockbuster finish all suggest this will be a monumental port. Drink it between 2000-2030. (RP)" (02/1995)

90 points Wine Spectator: "The best ever made at this estate and one to watch in the future. Like a lagar full of grapes fermenting; big and powerful tar and raisin character. Full-bodied, sweet, tannic, in an extracted style. (JS)" (06/1995)

Decanter: " *Expert's Choice - Highly Recommended* Good deep, opaque colour. Ripe, vibrant, plummy aromas. Very attractive palate - quite rich, dense, perppery fruit and tannins with good purity and definition leading to a bittersweet finish. This has real integrity."

K&L Notes: An independent bottling that avoids the constrictions of the major Port houses' heavier styles. Lighter in character by choice, this port wine is easier to appreciate and has a more forward palate. The Lopes Roseira family began bottling their own port in 1979 even while continuing to sell some of their annual production to Taylor and Sandeman, a practice that continued past the 1992 vintage. One of only five independent single quinta producers in 1992, this wine was bottled at the estate in Portugal.

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1991 Quinta do Infantado "Estate Bottled" Vintage Port - 3 available ($69.99)

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1992 Quinta do Infantado "Estate Bottled" Vintage Port (soiled labels) - 3 available ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There were only 1,000 cases produced of the 1992 Vintage Port, and they are not likely to languish on retailers' shelves. A saturated, black/purple color is followed by a huge, ripe, pure nose of jammy blackberry and cassis fruit that is vaguely reminiscent of such great 1990 Hermitages as Chapoutier's Le Pavillon, Jaboulet's La Chapelle, or Chave's red label Cuvee Cathelin. Awesome concentration, massive body, an unctuous texture oozing with fruit, glycerin, and extract, and a blockbuster finish all suggest this will be a monumental port. Drink it between 2000-2030. (RP)" (02/1995)

90 points Wine Spectator: "The best ever made at this estate and one to watch in the future. Like a lagar full of grapes fermenting; big and powerful tar and raisin character. Full-bodied, sweet, tannic, in an extracted style. (JS)" (06/1995)

Decanter: "*Expert's Choice - Highly Recommended* Good deep, opaque colour. Ripe, vibrant, plummy aromas. Very attractive palate - quite rich, dense, perppery fruit and tannins with good purity and definition leading to a bittersweet finish. This has real integrity."

K&L Notes: An independent bottling that avoids the constrictions of the major Port houses' heavier styles. Lighter in character by choice, this port wine is easier to appreciate and has a more forward palate. The Lopes Roseira family began bottling their own port in 1979 even while continuing to sell some of their annual production to Taylor and Sandeman, a practice that continued past the 1992 vintage. One of only five independent single quinta producers in 1992, this wine was bottled at the estate in Portugal.

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1994 Ramos Pinto Vintage Port - 4 available ($59.99)

91 points Robert Parker: "The 1994 Vintage Port exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, a big, rich, smoky, licorice, cassis-scented nose, well-integrated alcohol, full body, outstanding purity and length, and layers of flavor. This is a superb 1994. A sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030." (10/96) According to the Wine Spectator: "A well balanced, elegant young Port with cherry and roasted fruit character. Medium-bodied and moderately sweet. Spicy finish ... Best after 2004." (04/97)

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1963 Sandeman Vintage Port - 3 available ($199.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This may be one of the most underrated '63s made. Its deep red color gives little indication of the wine's age, and there is an abundance of youthful, rich fruit on the nose and palate. Full tannins and an assertive finish back up everything. Will still improve with age. (JS, Web-1989)"

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1963 Sandeman Vintage Porto has a bewitching bouquet with mulberry, cloves, allspice and balsam that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with great tension. There is a fine edginess here, an uncommon sense of brio with dried fig and dried prune; then with further aeration, white pepper and cloves. It gently builds in the mouth and leads you to a very elegant and refined finish that will last another decade at least. Stylish and suave, this is somewhat predictably the best Sandeman of this era. Drink now-2030. (NM)" (06/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "There is still a trace of crimson in the pale rose red here! Quite intense and fat on the nose with masses of ripe fruit. Lots of intensity and just coming into its own! What a marvel. Now this is what vintage port should taste like: vigorous and mellow but with lots of potential for further development too. Clean and very ripe. Great freshness. But also intense fruit. Difficult to believe this is 50 years old. Hint of liquorice. 18.5/20 points." (05/2014)

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1966 Sandeman Vintage Port - 10 available ($199.99)

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1991 Taylor "Quinta de Vargellas" Vintage Port - 7 available ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Taylor Fladgate's 1991 Quinta de Vargellas is the finest Vargellas I have tasted. The opaque purple color is followed by aromatics that are more closed than most 1991s. In the mouth, it is a wine of extraordinary richness and brilliantly delineated components. This exceptionally rich, backward port possesses layer upon layer of fruit, a thick, chewy, unctuous texture, firm structure and tannin, and a finish that lasts for more than a minute. (RP)" (02/1995)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Starting to show bottle bouquet, with beautiful blackberry and tanned leather on the nose. Full-bodied, lightly sweet and very balanced. Long and silky. Just starting to drink very well, but has a long life ahead. Classy for a single quinta. (JS)" (05/2005)

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Taylor 10 Year Old Tawny Port ($34.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV 10 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2014 with 105.23 grams per liter of residual sugar. Easily the 10 with the most weight in the Fladgate group's lineup this issue, it is a rather powerful 10 year old Tawny with plenty of pop, the biggest and baddest of the trio (Fonseca, Croft and this). There is very fine concentration of flavor for a 10 year old Tawny. If I had a quibble, the alcohol shows at times, especially early on and rather notably when drunk a little too warm. (Around 60 degrees Fahrenheit is a lot better than room temperature most of the time, to be sure, not just here.) Overall, the weight, complexity, mouth feel and grip on the finish still make this my favorite of the group of 10s submitted by Taylor Fladgate this issue, although it's close and there are some pros and cons. This comes with a bar top cork, i.e., not intended to be aged (although it most certainly can hold a couple of decades barring cork failures). (MS)" (09/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This very complete aged tawny has all the right nuts and fruit characters that show a Port that still looks back to its fruity origins. The style is ripe, full and sweet, a mellow wine that only hints at the spirit behind it. (RV)" (12/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "This looks pale ruby rather than tawny! Chocolatey nose, sweet and round with the tiniest rancio note. Dry finish. Pretty sweet with essence of marzipan the dominant flavour. Quite refreshing on the finish. (JR)" (12/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Crushed red berry, maple and sweet plum flavors knit together in this subdued style. Short finish. Drink now. (KM, Web-2014)"

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Taylor 40 Year Old Tawny Port - 1 available ($159.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at Taylors tawny seminar in London. Pale mahogany core with a tawny rim. The nose has a generous, nutty bouquet with semblances towards a Bual that ebb with time. Very fine definition, the nose opening up with time with a touch of antique furniture shop, honey, juniper berries, dried apricot and sloe. The palate has a peppery entry with touches of soy and Chinese 5-spice, expanding nicely across the mouth but maintaining focus. Its judicious oxidative elements impart potent walnut, smoke and red pepper flavours towards the mellow, understated, sumptuous finish. Wonderful. Tasted October 2010. (NM-Wine Journal)" (01/2011)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Editors' Choice* A superb wine, elegance and weight combined magisterially. It has all the right mature flavors, ripe fruit, intense marmalade and concentration. This is a wine with a great reputation, and the taste doesnt let that reputation down." (08/2006)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Porto 40-Year-Old Tawny This wine's delicate apple and pear flavors finish on honeyed sweetness and wood spice, from nutmeg to cinnamon. Hints of butter brickle show off its long years in cask. An elegant after-dinner pour." (12/2008)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Pure and balanced, with candied ginger, dried apricot, citrus peel and dried apple flavors. The intense finish features mineral and spice, with notes of white chocolate. Drink now." (12/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Amazingly fresh and broad on the nose, with lots of nuts, dried fruit, intense and length concentration and a rich mouthfeel with brisk finish. Cerebral, but easy to drink, with each sip lasting a long time. 17.5/20 points. (RH)" (07/2010)

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2007 Taylor Fladgate "Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha" Port - 5 available ($219.99)

98 points Wine & Spirits: "David Guimaraens selects this small lot from the oldest vines at Vargellas, Taylor's home base in the Douro Superior. The vines are planted on steep terraces in a north-facing amphitheater, many of them dating to a monovarietal planting in the 1920s. Vargellas is widely regarded as one of the great vineyards of the Douro, and this wine is yet another affirmation of its class. Start with a heavy iron pole to pound the schist and crush it into plantable soil. Breathe the scent of esteva, a green, sappy shrub that grows at the high perimeters of the vineyard. Taste the fruit of the grapes, right in the middle of the wine, a vibrant red that stands above sweet blueberry flavor before schist tannins crush it. Each taste is a heady blast, a Ralph Steadman illustration of dizzy, drunken pleasure. Easily a 50-year wine, this is destined to be a classic." (12/2009)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Dark and brooding, with blackberry, wet earth, spice and blueberry notes, turning to flowers. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a fabulous depth of fruit and layered ripe tannins. Goes on for minutes on the palate. Such finesse and elegance, yet also power. (JS)" (05/2010)

97 points John Gilman: "The 2007 Vargellas 'Vinha Velha' from Taylor-Fladgate is a beautiful young Port, with more obvious power than the regular Taylors bottling, but with the same great acidity, purity and seamless balance of its stable-mate. The bouquet is deep, vibrant and sappy, as it soars from the glass in a blaze of black cherries, pomegranate, black pepper, a brilliantly complex base of soil tones, fennel seed, bonfires, fresh herbs and cigar box aromas. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and powerfully built, with a great core of pure fruit, beautifully tangy acids, substantial, well-integrated tannins, great focus and structure and a very long, powerful and perfectly poised finish of immeasurable length. This is not as obviously elegant as the regular Taylor-Fladgate 2007, but it is every bit as good as that wine in a more powerfully-built and probably classic Taylors style. Both Ports are dizzyingly brilliant, and it will be very interesting to track these over the coming decades and see which one wears the crown of 'best in house' at the end of the day. I am sure that some will prefer the impeccably balanced power of the Vinha Velha, while others will be smitten by the unparalleled refinement of the very intense regular bottling. Today it is too close to call which of these brilliant wines will land at the slightly higher level. (Drink between 2035-2135) 97+ points" (12/2009)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Vinha Velha retains a primal bouquet that opens nicely with scents of small dark cherries, crushed stone, strawberry preserve and fig jam that is well-defined and shows more composure than the regular Taylors. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine tannins and layers of spicy black fruit with touches of clove and white pepper emerging in the elegant but intense finish. There is a slight austerity here that lends this Port class and breeding. This is designed for serious Port lovers. Tasted May 2013. (NM)" (06/2013)

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2011 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port ($99.99)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Taylors Vintage 2011 has a multifaceted, Pandoras Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside, followed by wilted rose petals and Dorset plum. Returning after one 45 minutes that nose has shut up shop. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry, plush and opulent, with copious black cherries, boysenberry and cassis fruit, curiously more reminiscent of Fonseca! It just glides across the palate with a mouth-coating, glycerine-tinged finish that has a wonderful lightness of touch, demonstrating how Vintage Port is so much more accessible in its youth nowadays. But dont let that fool you into dismissing the seriousness or magnitude of this outstanding Taylors. (NM)" (06/2013)

97 points Wine & Spirits: "The greatness of this wine is subtler and more hidden than many of its siblings in 2011. Its skinnier than Fonseca, austere in a Taylor--Douro Superior way, clouding the brain with schist dust before revealing its more sensuous blue-fruit richness. The tarry density and umami tannins are slow to yield what becomes seemingly endless flavor, dynamic and sleek. A pure revelation of the Douro, this has the stamina to outlive many of its peers in a long-lived vintage." (12/2013)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *#10 on the Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2013* There is an initial smoky character, followed by a burst of ripe, rich black fruits, giving the wine weight and a dark, brooding core. Black plum and berry fruits, considerable acidity and a delicate final perfume. For serious aging." (11/2013)

97 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectible* Powerful, featuring concentrated dark plum and spicy cherry flavors that are finely balanced, showing notes of raspberry preserves. The mocha and wild herb accents are interwoven and supported by powerful tannins. The finish offers intense grip and violet hints. Best from 2020 through 2045." (10/2013)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines smoky dark fruits, exotic flowers, spices, dried lavender, minerals and a balsamic nuance. Hugely concentrated, dense and primary but with penetrating minerality giving finesse and precision to the mid-palate. Extremely fine-grained, classy wine with fresh acidity and restrained sweetness. The firmly tannic, mineral-tinged finish features outstanding perfumed persistence and the structure and balance for decades of development in the cellar. Still, this is not as austere in its youth as some recent vintages. 96+ (ST)" (05/2014)

96 points James Suckling: "Very pretty pure fruit on the nose: crushed berries and minerals with a licorice and graphite undertone. Full body, medium sweet with chewy tannins that are polished and firm. This shows balance and harmony, but remains powerful, muscular and toned. 11,000 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine." (05/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "This wine was placed immediately after the super-opulent Fonseca in the BFT tasting which may have been a mistake. This is restrained. Well mannered, discreet, keeps its powder very dry. But on the palate it opens out in the most superb, burgundian peacock's tail sort of way. Another wonderful wine from The Fladgate Partnership. Utterly different from the Fonseca. Upright and straight backed. But irreproachable. My gums are virtually impervious to sugar and acid but this wine set them vibrating a bit. Dried prunes ground up with rocks. (19.5/20 points)" (05/2013)

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1983 Taylor Vintage Port ($129.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1983 Vintage Port is up for a status check. It is in a pretty good place now. It's been as hard as nails over the years. Not anymore. With softened tannins and a medley of old Port flavors on the finish, this is both sensual and delicious, with velvety texture and an irresistible finish. It doesn't have that hard edge any more, but it does wake up and become more intense with some air. At least from this bottle, it comes together rather promptly and drinks well. It's lacking just a bit of firmness, but its complex flavors and general demeanor make it rather sexy. The lingering finish seals the deal. It can keep going for quite some time--it is Port and they tend not to drop off the table if well stored--but this is a nice time to dive in. (MS)" (12/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Taylor is always closed and tight when young and this is no exception. Deep ruby-purple, ripe raisin and violet aromas, full-bodied, with sweet raisin and grape flavors, a lovely balance of full tannins and an explosion of fruit on the finish. (JS, Web-1989)"

Jancis Robinson: "Foxy red with some evolution. Putty and round and sweet on the nose. Beguiling and fresh but a little spindly. Definite dry finish but no excess of tannin. Already quite pretty. (17/20 points)" (08/2005)

K&L Notes: Four stars from Michael Broadbent: "At best correct, lovely, delicious and classic, showing well. Better than most '83s. Last tasted Oct 2006." (Micheal Broadbent's Pocket Vintage Wine Companion, pg 391)

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1963 Taylor Vintage Port ($399.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A big wine with superb balance, a shining example of this exuberantly fruity vintage. Deep ruby, with violets and coffee on the nose, full-bodied, with dried cherry flavors and plenty of tannin, balanced and long on the finish. (JS, Web-1989)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, though somewhat expensive. The 1963 is quite fabulous yet still seemingly capable of developing for another decade or more. (RP)" (01/1989)

95 points John Gilman: "The 63 Taylor is a legend in the making, but unlike the 1970 that has been drinking well for many years already, the 1963 is still at least a dozen years away from its true apogee. I know that there are many port enthusiasts that have been happy drinking the 1963 Taylor for years already, but to my palate this is so obviously still on its way up that I have little desire to do anything but keep this resting comfortably in the cellar. The bouquet is deep and still very youthful, as it offers up a lovely blend of black cherries, plums, tobacco, herb tones, mint, a touch of tariness, cedar and a snapshot of the intense old Taylor spice garden that will come if given appropriate bottle age. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and powerfully built, with the iron backbone of this house, great acids, moderate tannins, and outstanding length and grip on the complex finish. As appealing as this wine is in its plump and black fruity middle age, I would strongly urge keeping hands off of it until all of the spice and orange zest elements emerge and add another layer to the aromatic fireworks. (Drink between 2020-2075)" (02/2007)

Jancis Robinson: "A rare treat to sip a truly mature vintage port. The spirit was just starting to make its presence felt. This is fully mature and possibly, in the case of this bottle, even starting its gentle decline. Extremely sweet and spicy, this reminded me of those biscuits they call gypsy creams. Caressing, round texture. 18/20 points. (JR)" (02/2014)

K&L Notes: 96 points Neal Martin: "A much more youthful colour compared to the -60, the nose is very well defined, feminine, almost floral with notes of wild strawberry, smoke, tobacco, Clementine and leather. Yet it does not quite have the breeding I was expecting, something more transparent when contrasting against the -45 or the -48. The palate is silky and harmonious with filigree tannins, notes of strawberry, cherry and liquorices leading to a more structured fig-tinge finish. The palate is more compelling than the nose and it has great length. I would actually give this more time in bottle, something tells me it would like to reach half-a-century! Tasted November 2007." (5/2008, Wine Journal, RobertParker.com)

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A lot of famous wines from famous vintages let me down. This 1963 Taylor is not one of them. This spectacularly aromatic, effortless port brightened up a Thursday here at K&L with its vinous perfection. The only thing that I can imagine improving this wine would be a little time to settle, and a wheel of stilton.

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1977 Taylor Vintage Port ($219.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Good ruby color still. The nose is fresh, with lots of crushed berry and plum, with a hint of piecrust. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a caressing texture. This delivers loads of complex fruit and spiciness. Medium-sweet. A beauty. Will improve for decades, but why wait? (Web-2008)"

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, though somewhat expensive. The 1977 has consistently been at the top of my list of vintage ports in this great vintage, although the Dow, Graham, and Fonseca are equally splendid. It is a mammoth, opaque, statuesque vintage port of remarkable depth and power, but is should not be touched before 2000." (01/1989)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The most prominently floral wine in the vertical, but that delicacy is amply backed by plush chocolate and dried fruit flavors. The finish is deceptively soft and welcoming, but still shows great backbone and the ability to go many more years." (02/2007)

K&L Notes: We believe that Taylor produces the most consistently great ports, and the great 1977 is arguably the wine of the vintage. Terrific style, poise and elegance in a wine that drinks fantastically as it will continue to do for at least another decade.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2017

Powerful and elegant. Just like it'd expect it to be. This is drinking supremely well as its 40th comes to a close. The nose has a great cocoa note to complement the fruit which carries all the way through to the finish. It's lively and still very fresh and the brandy is nicely integrated into the wine. It's a classic wine from a legendary house in a perfect vintage. What more could you ask for on top of the outstanding price?

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2017

Always a favorite of mine from the 1977 vintage, the Taylor is now (2017) drinking beautifully and still showing it's complex house style of plenty of rich mid palate fruit, sweet and dark with an incredible violet and rose petal overlay with a lovely silken finish. The finesse that this port has developed over the years compliments the still noticeable power perfectly.

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1970 Taylor Vintage Port - 5 available ($269.99)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine's dark garnet color with minimal bricking suggests a relatively youthful wine and this certainly could age longer, although it's also delicious now. Wonderfully complex floral and herbal scents easily move into deep, rich flavors of chocolate and cherries, sprinkled with a healthy dose of Douro minerality and spice. Drink or hold. (JC)" (02/2007)

98 points Wine Spectator: " Clearly lives up to Taylor's superb reputation. Deep ruby, with intense violet and chocolate aromas, full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit flavors, full but well-integrated tannins and an extremely long finish. Amazing balance and finesse. Still needs time. (JS)" (06/1989)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, though somewhat expensive. The 1970 fabulous, a broodingly dense-colored, backward port that has all the signs of future greatness...(RP)" (01/1989)

94 points John Gilman: "While I have had little recent experience with the 1985 or 1977 Taylor, I have drunk quite a bit of the 1970 vintage over the last decade. This is a vintage of Taylor that has always offered up a more open and easy-going personality, and has been drinking beautifully since at least the early 1990s. Despite its unusual (by Taylor standards) precociousness, the wine has continued to evolve and improve over the last fifteen years, seemingly gaining in depth and purity with each passing year. The bottle we had at our vertical tasting was flat out stunning, offering up a brilliant purity that was also readily apparent in the 1992 vintage. The bouquet is a magnificent mélange of sweet black cherries and plums, black licorice, chocolate, tar, complex soil tones and a nice framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and refined, with beautiful mid-palate depth, a firm Taylor structural spine, and great acidity and grip on the very long, complex finish. Even at age thirty-six the wine seems slightly spirity on the backend- I am not sure if this is a function of it moving into a more mature profile, or if this will diminish even more as the years go by. But the 70 Taylor is a superb bottle by any stretch of the imagination, and offers outstanding value by todays standards. (Drink between 2006-2070)" (01/2007)

Jancis Robinson: "Bricky garnet. Slighly darker fruit and some leather too, more savoury and slightly less freshness and not as lifted as the Grahams. More raisin and Christmas cake sweetness and spice with a velvety texture. Luscious but still quite a bit of firmness. Full of fruit density still and tremendous length. (18/20 points)" (10/2010)

K&L Notes: Now fully mature, the 1970 Taylor is a sublime Port to drink now. 98 points Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "A deep garnet core with a faded brick rim. The nose is still tight, youthful with notes of liquorices, raisin, boot-polish and a little lemongrass. Again, very well defined and a little more intensity than the -63. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, very cohesive with superb ripeness: wild strawberry, lemongrass, smoke and dates with an incredibly long, persistent finish. There is an effortless nature to this port and having encountered this several times, this is undoubtedly the best bottle I have had. It has such weight on the finish that it will cruise past another 20-25 years in bottle. It just has the edge over the great -77. Tasted November 2007." (Wine Journal, 5/2008)

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1985 Taylor Vintage Port ($129.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Medium ruby. Beautiful aromas of flowers and fresh plum, with hints of stems. Full-bodied and medium-sweet, with gorgeous silky tannins and a long, long finish. This is just starting to come around and offers wonderful flavors. Long life ahead, but ready to try. (Web Only2008)"

Jancis Robinson: "Still going very strong from a bottle via a decanter. (The Robertsons served Fonseca 1985 at their dinner that night to celebrate Fonseca's bicentenary.) Lovely hazelnuts nose and soft, spicy and sweet on the palate. Tannins fully resolved but still vigorous too. 18/20 points (JR)" (06/2015)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A very youthful deep garnet core with ruby rim. This has a much more precocious nose than the -83 with ripe blackberry, raspberry coulis, black olives and a certain minerality to it. Very fresh and well defined, the palate is full-bodied, certainly more structured and complex than the previous two declarations. Notes of black cherry, fig, raisin with a hint of savoury fruit towards the finish that has great length and refinement. Still in its youth, this has great potential..." (05/2008)

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 05, 2017

I had the lucky fortune to be a part of an incredible port tasting sampling 11 bottles ranging from 1963 to 2011 vintage ports from the major houses. While every wine showed remarkably well, the stand out wine of the night for me was the 1985 Taylor. It stuck me as a picture of elegance. It was concentrated and powerful yet lithe and almost zippy. Loaded with dark fruits, pepper spice, and complex cedar box aromas it was on the one hand hedonistic. On the other hand, the lift and freshness from the acid and the firm backbone of tannin lined everything up in a perfectly orderly fashion. This port shows focus and restraint, yet doesn't lack for the intensity and broad power that you'd expect. It's really a beautiful compilation and it was only heightenedby the perfectly paired and classic Neal's Yard Stilton.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 24, 2015

The perfect 30th Birthday gift for your kids-have them drink it when they turn 50. Big and powerful Port with many years' of life.

1994 Vallegre "Quinta da Vista Alegre" Vintage Port - 1 available ($39.99)

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1994 Warre's Vintage Port - 2 available ($99.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A great surprise for the vintage. Displays fabulous concentration and complex character with it's layers of very sweet fruit, chocolate and cherry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins. Long finish with plenty of grip. Beautiful wine. *Top 100 Wines of 1997* (JS)" (04/1997)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the finest Warres I have ever tasted, this opaque purple-colored wine is made in a drier style (a la Dow), yet it is expressive, extremely full-bodied, with superb richness, purity, and well-integrated alcohol and tannin. It possesses a great mid-palate as well as impressive length. Tasters should take note of the wealth of peppery, licorice-scented and flavored raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Look for it to be ready to drink in 10-12 years, and keep for 30+. This is a profound example of Warre vintage port. (RP)" (10/1996)

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1985 Warre's Vintage Port (Previously $130) - 12 available Price: Hidden

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop... they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1985 is the sweetest and richest of the recent Warre vintages. Extremely concentrated, rich, even luscious, this full-bodied, intense, opulent wine has layers of fruit, a full-blown bouquet, and impeccable balance. (RP)" (01/1989)

K&L Notes: 5 stars from Michael Broadbent.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 24, 2015

Very nice for enjoying tonight on your 30th birthday. Affordable and still capable of ten more years cellaring.