About Port

About Port
Port is both a fortified wine made from the Douro Valley in Portugal or a wine made anywhere in the world, modeled after that example.

True Port is made from several red varieties and is fortified with brandy or distilled grape sprits, which cause the fermentation to stop and also increases alcohol. Port checks in at 17% - 20% alcohol in most cases. Because of this alcohol, ports can age well- some as long as four or five decades. Most younger ports are quite sweet, while those that have been aged in wood for several years are drier.

Several other countries also produce a wine they label as port. The best examples are from Australia and the United States.

Top Picks for Port

Peachy Canyon NV Port Zinfandel
92 points
$32
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of molasses-drizzled dates, dried figs, ground pepper, and tobacco with a round, lively, very sweet medium body and a peppery, elegant, long flourless chocolate cake, caramel latte, red licorice, orange marmalade, vanilla fudge, and candied nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. An absolutely delicious companion to blue cheese or chocolates.
Château Élan NV Port Riserva American
89 points
$39.95
Dusty black violet color. Aromas of dried fig, flourless chocolate cake, pastry dough, cocoa powder dusted almonds, chocolate muffin, toasted marshmallow, and molasses with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a warming, subtle, very long chocolate covered strawberries and toasty crepes finish with light oak flavor. Enormous strawberry flavors rock the palate in this delicious fortified favorite.
89 points $39.95
Quady NV Starboard Batch 88 Port California
88 points
$24.99
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of pickled watermelon rind, cigar box, menthol, and spiced cherry preserve with a silky, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, swift chocolate Twizzlers, anise, and fudge finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking port style wine for everyday indulgences.
88 points $24.99
Romariz NV Reserva Latina Tawny Port Douro
87 points
$18.99
Brick red color. Fruity aromas of dried pineapple with coconut, sultanas, honey roasted macadamia, marigold, and fondant with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length molasses, tobacco, constant comment tea, black pepper, and ginger finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tasty port fit for after dinner sips or cocktail creation.
87 points $18.99
Diamondback Vineyards 2012 Bella Forte Gold Vineyard Rogue Valley
87 points
$60
Black ruby color. Oaky aromas of peppercorns, latex, rosebush, rhubarb, serrano ham, dill, and blackberry jam with a coarse, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a hot, stimulating, medium-long raspberry liqueur and bacon jam finish with chalky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A digestif-like port-style wine with intense oak and concentrated fruit.
Isaac Smith NV Port New Jersey
85 points
$29
Brown brick red color. Boozy, baked aromas and flavors of chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, coconut-walnut confection, chocolate soda, and maple pecans with a satiny, lively, very sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length pomegranate, charleston chew, and amaro finish with moderate oak. An easy-drinking New Jersey port that will be yummy with cheeses or chocolate dipped fruits.
Isaac Smith NV White Port New Jersey
82 points
$21
Gold color. Aromas of vinyl, cider apples, cinnamon and clove spiced raisins, packaged fruit cake, and dried apricot with an oily, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length raw cashews and carnation finish. A nice after-dinner sipper.