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Portugal

Portugal is best known for its two legendary fortified wines, Port and Madeira, but it also produces significant amounts of red and white table wine. In most years it ranks around the 10th or 11th largest wine producer in the world. In 2013, for instance, Portugal was the 11th largest producer just after Germany. Wine has always been produced in Portugal and in fact the country was the first to organize an appellation system, which it did in 1756, nearly 200 years before the French set up their appellations. The highest quality wines are labeled D.O.C. for Denominaçào de Origem Controlada. Many of the most innovative winemakers today, however, are avoiding the appellation system, which they deem too stifling for modern winemaking practices. The Douro Valley is the nation’s most important wine producing region, and it is the capital of Port production. The Portuguese island of Madeira, located 400 miles west of Morocco, is the nation’s other famous wine region, having produced Madeira for export for more than 400 years. Many red and white wine grapes grow in Portugal, though the best known is Touriga Nacional, the red grape used for Port and, increasingly, high quality table wines. Touriga Nacional produces dark, tannic, fruity wines.

1977 Taylor-Fladgate

Heavy capsule condition issue; elevated cork; heavy signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  98   
RP  96   
JR  18.5+    
MB  ****   

1977 Taylor-Fladgate

Heavy capsule condition issue; heavy signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  98   
RP  96   
JR  18.5+    
MB  ****   

1994 Taylor-Fladgate

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WS  100   
RP  97   
DE  ****   
WS  #1 of 1997   

2003 Taylor-Fladgate

Light signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WA  98   
WS  94   
ST  93   

2011 Taylor-Fladgate

375ml

JR  19.5   
WS  97   
WA  96-98   
VN  96+    
JS  96   

N.V. Taylor-Fladgate 30 Year Old Tawny Port

Light label condition issue

N.V. Taylor-Fladgate 40 Year Old Tawny Port

WS  90   
2 available
Bid *

N.V. Taylor-Fladgate 40 Year Old Tawny Port

WS  90   

2008 Taylor-Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas

375ml

Light label condition issue

JR  17   
2 available
Bid *

1963 Fonseca

Heavy capsule condition issue; heavy signs of past seepage; mid shoulder fill; label condition issue

MB  *****   
WS  98   
WA  96   

1992 Fonseca

Light label condition issue

RP  97   
WS  94   
MB  ****   
WS  #4 of 1995   
5 available
Bid *

1994 Fonseca

Light label condition issue

WS  100   
DE  *****   
RP  97   
JR  17.5   
WS  #1 of 1997   

1994 Fonseca

Light capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  100   
DE  *****   
RP  97   
JR  17.5   
WS  #1 of 1997   

1994 Fonseca

Light label condition issue

WS  100   
DE  *****   
RP  97   
JR  17.5   
WS  #1 of 1997   

1997 Fonseca

Light capsule condition issue; light signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

RP  93   
ST  93   
WS  91   
JR  17   
DE  ****   

2009 Fonseca

Light label condition issue

WA  94   
2 available
Bid *

2017 Fonseca

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WE  98   
WS  97   
WA  96-98   
VN  95   
JS  95   
JR  17.5   

N.V. Fonseca Bin 27

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

N.V. Fonseca Bin 27

Light signs of past seepage

N.V. Fonseca Bin 27

1991 Fonseca Guimaraens

Light label condition issue

WA  93   
WS  93   

1967 Fonseca Guimaraens Reserve

Light capsule condition issue; heavily depressed cork; signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

1963 Dow's

Light capsule condition issue; top shoulder fill; light label condition issue; John Harvey & Sons capsule; reproduced front label

JR  19.5   
RP  92   
WS  92   
MB  ****   

1963 Dow's

Capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; John Harvey & Sons capsule; reproduced front label

JR  19.5   
RP  92   
WS  92   
MB  ****   

1970 Dow's

Light capsule condition issue; light signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  94   
JR  18.5   
WA  90   
MB  ****