Port Predilections

February 26, 2014

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.

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What type of Port do you drink most often?