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Port For the Holidays


Since I was young a bottle of Warre’s Nimrod Tawny was always opened at Christmas time.  While I now drink port throughout the year I still very much enjoy it during the holidays for it naturally falls into the spirit of things.  This year I forgot to stock up on tawny port for the holidays.  I thought I had a bottle of tawny somewhere but could not find it so I opted for this Late Bottled Vintage.  Berry Bros & Rudd has a large selection of wines and spirits under the Berrys’ Own Selection.  This bottle of Port was produced by Quinta do Noval for Berry Bros and was bottled in 2005.  Jenn and I purchased it during the summer of 2006 from their store at Heathrow Airport.  Tasted over three nights it was lovely and another reminder of how much we love Port.  I wish our basement was full of it!  The current 2007 vintage retails for 17 Pounds so this was most likely a good buy!

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1999 Berry Bros & Rudd, Berrys’ Own Selection, Late Bottled Vintage, Port
Imported by Berry Bros & Rudd.  Alcohol 19.5%.  Dark grapey purple.  A nose of plummy, deep red fruit is youthful with hints of wood box.  In the mouth youthful, concentrated ripe fruit has good texture and integrated acidity which keeps it fresh.  The sides of the tongue salivate.  There is a lovely wood box component which provides a hint of maturity.  Easily drinkable now but there is good power and balance for additional aging.   ***(*) Now-2032.

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