The 2011 growing season brought perfect conditions to Portugal's Douro Valley, and the fresh, powerful and explosively fruity 2011 Vintage Ports are likely to stand as a benchmark of quality in the decades ahead. Overall, more than 20 wines rated a classic 95 points or higher in managing editor Kim Marcus' latest tasting report in the Jan. 31-Feb. 28 issue of Wine Spectator. But Vintage Port represents only 2 percent of Port production. There are a host of other styles, led by tawnies and Late Bottled Vintage Ports, both of which offer delicious, ready-to-drink flavors while you wait for Vintage Port to mature. Lighter-style ruby Ports feature plenty of direct flavors at bargain prices.
February 26, 2014