Yesterday we were reminded on just how special aged Port wines can really be. Portugal Ports have been pleasing people for centuries and when we attended a Porto & Douro wine seminar at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles we tasted some truly great wines.
This classic wine of Portugal comes from a small but historically famous region that stretches along the Douro River from the Spanish border to the Atlantic ocean.
The fame of this region was acknowledged when in 2001 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.
Moderating the seminar was Louisa Maria Fry of the Institute dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto while the speaker was Wine Journalist Rui Falcao.
The wines we tasted included a forty year old Port by S Leonardo, a twenty year old Port by W & J Grahams, a ten year old Port by Warre's and a 2011 vintage by Quinta De Crasto.
Comparing these wines showed just what aging does to the wine.
We grade wines on Cal Davis's twenty point system. We gave a full 20 points to the S Leonardo, 19 points to the Graham and 17 points to Warres. The 2011 vintage rated 16 points.
Following the seminar a tasting of many Port wines was presented.