2000 Churchill's Vintage Port

SKU #1005301 95 points Wine Spectator

 This young Port shows intense aromas of black licorice and berries. It's full-bodied, with superfine tannins and a long, long finish. Seductive. Fantastic young Port from Churchill. Best ever.  (5/2003)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Perhaps the best young Churchill’s I’ve tasted, the 2000 blends complexity with structure to create an eminently ageable Port. For fruit lovers, there’s crushed berries and plums, but notes of dried spices and earth add depth. Estimated maturity: 2020-2050.  (11/2003)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Complex aromas of lead pencil shavings, blueberries, creme de cassis, and licorice emerge from this dense ruby/purple-colored 2000. Full body, sweet tannin (which provides definition), and outstanding concentration result in a seriously-endowed, finely-crafted vintage port with well-integrated tannin, acidity, and alcohol. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025. (RP)  (10/2002)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good saturated ruby. Perfumed aromas of blackberry, minerals and violet. Juicy and intense, with primary black fruit and floral flavors. A firm, classically styled, tannic port that's dominated by its spine today and needs patience. Tannins really spread out on the back end. (ST)  (1/2003)

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- 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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