The perfect holiday nightcap

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Brand NameW & J Graham's
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Wine Name1980 Vintage Porto
Vintage (Year)1980
Wine ClassDessert
Wine TypePort
Dry/Sweet Level
(1-5; 5 being the sweetest)
Body Range
(1-5; 5 being full-bodied)
Alcohol %20%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$100 - $250
Site Rating10 (on a scale of 1-10)

After what has been a very emotionally exhausting and draining year, I decided to treat myself. I am already getting more acquainted with aged tawny ports of ten, twenty, thirty and forty years, but I don't ever remember having a vintage port, especially one with so many years in the bottle.

This port is a vintage port, which is pretty special in itself, that it is only made from one year's grapes, and also in the fact that when these grapes were harvested, I was only in fourth grade. Now granted, I have had some other wines that were older than me, but this one just seemed like something that I deserved.

Aside from the sugary sweetness, you instantly get black cherries, licorice, and just a little black currant. The color is a nice dark purple that results to deep caramel when you hold it up to the light.

This wine is the perfect end of the night accompanient that at best, should only be paired with dark chocolate, a seriously decadent chocolate cake, or a well-hewed cigar. And it also should not be wasted on fools.


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