About Fortified Wines from Portugal

About Fortified Wines from Portugal
Portuguese wine is of course, most famously represented by Port, a fortified wine made from grapes in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. There are several different types of Port, from the basic Ruby, meant for early consumption to vintage ports, which drink well in some instances upon their 30th or 40th birthday. Other wines from Portugal include dry table reds made form grapes that can also be used for Port production. These include Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao and Tinta Barroca; of these three, it is Tinta Nacional that produces the most powerful wines. These are big, ripe, modern red wines with moderate acidity. The best white wine in Portugal is Albarino, an aromatic, dry white with plenty of floral perfumes as well as white spice notes. These are lovely wines for shellfish or merelt for consumption on a hot summer's day. Vinho Verde - literally "green wine" - is a lighter, dry to off dry white that is refreshing and down to earth; it pairs well with simple salads and seafood. Finally there is Madeira, a fortified wine from the eponymous island in the Atlantic. Examples of Madeira have been known to age for more than one hundred years and in a few examples, even two centuries

Top Picks for Portugal

Fortified Wines

Porto Meneres NV 20 Years Old Douro
90 points
$49.99
Brown brick red color. Aromas of salted caramel, butterscotch, dried orange, sun dried tomato, and toasted coconut with a round, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cocoa butter, blood orange flesh, spiced lemon cookies, sweet toffee with hazelnuts, and espresso crema finish with light oak flavor. A tasty, caramelly 20 Year Tawny Porto that will finish the meal in style.
90 points $49.99
Porto Meneres NV 10 Years Old Douro
89 points
$34.99
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of salted Marcona almonds, dried leaves, allspice, clove, caramel, butterscotch, and dried peach with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long vanilla-almond bark finish with moderate oak flavor. A satisfying 10-Year Tawny Port with delicate spice and the rich caramelly notes you crave.
89 points $34.99
Romariz 2017 Vintage 2017 Douro
89 points
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate ganache, ripe blueberries, spiced pastry, honey, and licorice with a slightly chewy, lively, very sweet medium-to-full body and a subtle, medium-long finish with accents of stewed raisins with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense and sturdy vintage port that should age gracefully, youthful now but will develop into a complex wine worthy of a special occasion. Drink 2025-2030.
Porto Meneres NV Porto Fine White Douro
87 points
$15.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, orange peel, marzipan, and white flowers with a creamy, crisp, sweet medium-full body and a peppery, medium finish with impressions of dried apricots, white raisins, light caramel, sultana, white cherry, and brioche. A classic after dinner sipper, best served with food.
87 points $15.99
Romariz NV Fine Ruby Porto Douro
87 points
$21
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of raspberry syrup, mead, roasted agave, toasted oats, apple compote, melon, and mint with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length nuts in caramel and berry jelly finish. A solid Ruby Port for cocktails.
Romariz NV Fine Tawny Porto Douro
87 points
$21
Ruby black color. Aromas of orange liqueur, baked figs, panettone, and dried pears with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length toffee-coated walnuts, mulberry coulis, creme caramel, and peppercorns finish with light oak flavor. A tasty Tawny Port to accent the final course.
Porto Meneres 2013 LBV Douro
86 points
$19.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of spiced raisins and figs, cinnamon, black tea, cedar, teriyaki, and tonka bean with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length chocolate-covered butterscotch, candied apple, orange marmalade, and white pepper finish with light oak flavor. A solid LBV Port that will be versatile in cocktails and with desserts.
86 points $19.99
Porto Meneres NV Porto Fine Ruby Douro
84 points
$15.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of fruit cake, dried cranberry, and almond icing with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length chocolate covered cherries and spearmint finish with light oak flavor. A light-on-its-feet port for Porto tonicos and more.
84 points $15.99