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This Rose is an excellent aperitif that also combines wonderfully with fish and pasta dishes, seafood, salads and some white meats.
A rich yet elegant combination of flavors - dried apricots, honey, nuts, spices, vanilla - creates an endlessly complex wine that unfolds smoothly and develops in the mouth. A balance of aged fruitwith an oak-aged intensity epitomizes the deluxe quality of Sandeman.
Enjoy with rich appetizers such as foie gras and cheese quiche or desserts including crème brûlée, apple tarts and dried fruit.
Once open Sandeman 20 Years Old Tawny can remain fresh for up to 4 - 8 weeks.
Founded in 1820 by her husband, following his death the redoubtable widow, Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, developed the property, which under her able management became the showpiece quinta of the Douro. At Vesuvio she built one of the Douro's largest wineries.
In 1989 Quinta do Vesuvio was purchased by the Symington family whose involvement in the growing, production and shipping of Port began more than a century ago. The family decided from the outset to preserve the traditional character of the Quinta especially with regard to the vinification process where the time-honored method of treading the grapes by foot has been retained. Some technological innovations have been introduced principally in the form of a cooling system to control fermentation in this ancient wine making method. In view of the outstanding quality of the wine, Vesuvio is offered exclusively as a single Quinta Vintage Port. Only about 50 pipes (36,000 bottles) are bottled each year although the production of the property is much greater and this exemplifies the family's steadfast policy of releasing none but the very finest wines from the Quinta.
This impressive 1994 vintage port received 96 points from Wine Spectator with the following review: "Terrific aromas of berries and violets, with a hint of mint. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with fine, silky tannins that build on the palate and caress the tongue. Outstanding concentration and harmony. Greatest Vesúvio this century."
Founded in 1670, Warre & Co. is the oldest British company in Portugal and one of the most highly esteemed port shipping firms in the world. It was the first Port company to build a lodge in Gaia for the proper ageing of its Ports.
Ruby color with a garnet rim. This Late Bottle-aged Vintage port (LBV, meaning the port spent about as long in oak as a ruby port but then a much longer time in bottle before release) shows mature red and dark fruits on the nose (red cherries) and floral notes of elderflowers. The palate is elegant and full of finesse with a backbone of freshness and flavors of red cherries and floral notes. The finish is long and lingering.
Pair with: chocolate desserts, such as chocolate mousse, creamy blue cheeses like Stilton or Roquefort.
This Late Bottled Vintage Port is produced in the traditional style, from the finest ports of a single good year. After 4 years of cask ageing, the wines are bottled unfiltered and cellared for an additional 4 years. This bottle ageing allows the wine to develop outstanding style and complexity, resulting in a deep purpleblack Port with rich mouth-filling flavours of ripe fruit balanced by notes of black chocolate and peppery tannins. Smith Woodhouse Ports are produced in very small quantities by the Symington family, Douro winemakers for over 100 years.
"A bit burly still, but clearly on the mature side, as the tarry grip is melding into the core of roasted fig, plum and prune flavors. Singed juniper, mint and cedar notes score the finish, with an echo of warm ganache lingering. Drink now through 2021. 5,000 cases made."- WIne Spectator
Serving and pairing suggestions
Six Grapes is bottled ready to drink after about five years of cask aging. It has a t-cap closure, which means that you don't need a corkscrew to open it and that it should stay fresh for up to two months if stored in a cool, dark place or the refrigerator. Serve it in a glass with at least a six ounce capacity so that you may appreciate the wine's aromas. Six Grapes pairs particularly well with dark chocolate, but is also fantastic on its own as a luscious dessert in a glass.
Amber, golden tawny color. An excellent bouquet, with a characteristic "nutty" character, such as almonds, and delicious mature fruit with hints of orange peel. Rich, sweet and smooth onthe palate, it is perfectly balanced, with a long and lingering finish.
Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port pairs extremely well with vanilla ice cream or crème brulee. Serve slightly chilled to appreciate thefull complexity and sensuous pleasure of this wine.
Port is best served in classic Port wine glassware or white wine glasses. Avoid cordial or liqueur glasses as they are too small to fully appreciate the wine's aromas.
"A gorgeous tawny with dried figs, caramel, dried raisins and coffee beans. Full-bodied, sweet and delicious. This shows such length and beauty. I love the crème caramel and cooked apple tart on the finish. Some pecan pie. Crazy. Drink now."- James Suckling
Both wines made at the estate are from specially selected parcels of new and mature vines around the spectacular estate, and blended from four classic port varities: Touriga Nacional, Tintao Cão, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. True to its long history of continuous innovation, Noval has also been among the first to experiment with Rhone varieties in the Douro, with Syrah from estate plantings being blended into the Cedro do Noval.
"A solid red with fine and polished tannins and dark berry and chocolate character. Medium to full body and a fresh finish. Undertones of hazelnuts and blueberries. Drink now.” -James Suckling