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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

Capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  98   
RP  96   
JR  18.5+    
MB  ****   
7 available
Bid *

1977 Taylor-Fladgate

Capsule condition issue; light signs of past seepage; label condition issue

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

1985 Taylor-Fladgate

Light label condition issue

WA  95   
WS  90   
JR  16   
MB  ***/**   
4 available
Bid

1985 Taylor-Fladgate

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WA  95   
WS  90   
JR  16   
MB  ***/**   
3 available
Bid *

1985 Taylor-Fladgate

WA  95   
WS  90   
JR  16   
MB  ***/**   
2 available
Bid

1985 Taylor-Fladgate

Lightly elevated cork; signs of past seepage

WA  95   
WS  90   
JR  16   
MB  ***/**   

1985 Taylor-Fladgate

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WA  95   
WS  90   
JR  16   
MB  ***/**   

1985 Taylor-Fladgate

Light capsule condition issue; label condition issue

WA  95   
WS  90   
JR  16   
MB  ***/**   

1985 Taylor-Fladgate

Capsule condition issue; label condition issue

WA  95   
WS  90   
JR  16   
MB  ***/**   

1985 Taylor-Fladgate

Light label condition issue

WA  95   
WS  90   
JR  16   
MB  ***/**   

1994 Taylor-Fladgate

Light label condition issue

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

1994 Taylor-Fladgate

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

1997 Taylor-Fladgate

Very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

WA  97   
RP  96   
ST  95   
WS  94   
JR  18   

2007 Taylor-Fladgate

Light label condition issue

WA  95   
ST  94+    

2009 Taylor-Fladgate

WA  97   
WS  94   
ST  93   
JR  18   

1963 Fonseca

Light capsule condition issue; top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

MB  *****   
WS  98   
WA  96   

1963 Fonseca

Light capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

MB  *****   
WS  98   
WA  96   

1977 Fonseca

Capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  100   
RP  93   
JR  16   
MB  ****   
3 available
Bid *

1977 Fonseca

Signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  100   
RP  93   
JR  16   
MB  ****   

1977 Fonseca

Capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  100   
RP  93   
JR  16   
MB  ****   

1977 Fonseca

Signs of past seepage; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

WS  100   
RP  93   
JR  16   
MB  ****   

1994 Fonseca

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   

1994 Fonseca

Light label condition issue

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

2000 Fonseca

WA  96   
ST  95   
WS  94   
JR  17   
6 available
Bid *