This big, firm wine, produced by the team that makes Dow’s and Graham’s Port, is as impressive as always. With its tight plum skins and dense character, ripe jammy texture and sweet fruit, it combines immediate charm with the potential for long-term aging.
Richly textured, verging on opulent, this should be a relatively early-maturing Port. Complex and intriguing on the nose, where smoky, minerally aromas evoke memories of sun-baked Douro schist, backed by plush blackberry fruit and a dash of maple syrup. Best from 2010.
Top wine from this smaller estate. It’s incredibly stylish, even as young as it is now. A lighter body featuring more liquid and less plum pudding should mean that it will be an easy drinker come maturity. With pure fruit, spice and lots of coffee already poking through, it has a fine future. Drink after 2010.
A powerful, oak-aged wine with fine, ripe red fruits and black tannins. This Reserva wine has 12 months French oak aging, which gives it complexity, but the richness of the fruit gives a great firm balance to the wood. It is still young; age for at least 5 years.
The dark purple color, the huge, solid tannins and new wood flavors make this a powerful but still elegant wine, produced by the Symington family in partnership with João van Zeller. A layer of dryness gives structure to the powerful, concentrated young fruit. —R.V.
Very fruity, elegant and supple for a vintage Port, with waves of raspberry and mulberry fruit that cascade across the palate. Some dusty tannins and tart acidity show on the finish, so this does have some structure, but it's likely destined for early drinking, not old bones.
Smoky and charred, with scents of coffee and game that dominate the pleasant dark-skinned plum fruit underneath. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, with a long, softly tannic finish. Imported by Premium Port Wines, Inc.