2000 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port

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96 points Wine Spectator: "Seldom does the regular Vintage Port from Quinta do Noval score at exactly the same level as the legendary, tiny production Noval Nacional. But it did in 2000. I just couldn't see much difference when I tasted the two blind. So it means a great opportunity to buy a terrific young Vintage Port at a relatively good price. The 2000 Noval shows fascinating aromas of crushed fruit, tar and wet earth that turns floral and aromatic. It's full-bodied and medium-sweet, with chewy, velvety tannins and a long finish. Yet it grips your mouth with all the structure you expect in a young Port. Best after 2012." (02/03) 92 points from Robert Parker… 'Sweet tannin, full body, and outstanding concentration provide an impressive entry on the palate. Notions of chocolate make an appearance in the long finish of this sweet, lush, precocious effort. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030. (Oct-02)'

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Portugal

- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
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Port

- Port is a fortified wine made by stopping the fermentation with brandy. The result is a heavy sweet wine, most often red, that is dense, rich and high in alcohol. Port is made all over the world with some great results in Australia and South Africa, but the most famous of these dessert wines come from Portugal. The great port houses (or lodges) are located along the Duoro River on the steep slate slopes high above the valley floor. There are several styles of port, including Ruby, Tawny, Vintage Character, Late Bottle Vintage, Colheita, and Single Quinta. Vintage ports are made in special years that the houses declare. View our bestselling Port.