Port is amazing but there are some many to choose from and which one is best? To assist with your last minute shopping, I’ve created a quick guide on some 2011 Vintage Ports that I recently tasted to help you make the right decision. All Ports are available in the LCBO/Vintages.
Then the 2011 Sandeman Ruby is for you! Priced at $70.00, this Port is value driven while still delivering that full bodied, black fruit style. This Port can age for 20 – 30 yrs and some consider this house a “1st Growth” in the family Port. Great value!
If perfume is your thing, then I highly recommend the 2011 Fonseca Vintage Port for $130.00. Think violets and rose petals with voluptuous fruits on the finish. This house is owned by Taylor’s.
The 2011 Dow’s Vintage Port was extremely dry on the finish with notes of raisins and black liquorice. Very austere with bright acidity, this Port could see another 25+years in bottle. It retails for $90.00.
Look no further then the 2011 Graham’s Vintage Port for $95.00. Perfect for the person that really loves an extracted and rich style Port that is not overly floral. Amazing with blue cheese! This Port will also get more spicy and herbaceous with age.
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Personally, the 2011 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port fits this category at $130.00. Lots of raisins and purple floral notes that follows with a long, powerful finish. Lots of tannin and acid will help this beauty age for another 30+ years. Did you know that Taylor is one of the few houses that still uses people to stomp the grapes?
Taylor Fladgate 30 Year old Tawny Port for $183.00 was so seductive! Caramel, hazelnuts, dried fruits that danced on your palate with such softness. This Tawny could definitely age some more but drink now and pair with walnuts or a fat cigar!
Taylor Fladgate 40 Year old Tawny Port $245.00. A much more oxidative style then the 30 yr old. Still delicious but had a very dry, sherry like taste for me with long finish.
Tip – Keep Tawny Ports standing up as the enclosure does not like being stored on its side.