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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Delaforce Curious and Ancient 20 Year Old Tawny Port
Delaforce Curious and Ancient 20 Year Old Tawny Port
(search item no. 12826)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $34.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Aged for an average of 20 years in old oak casks, the 20 Year Old is a finely balanced wine of phenomena richness and complexity. The additional 10 years of aging yields an elegant balance between the nutty honeyed finish and the vivid raisiny fruit. The 20 year old tawny is an extremely versatile dessert wine essential to complete the meal.

"The soft, honeyed nose is entirely inviting, hinting at the refinement this wine carries from start to finish. Though not a heavyweight, there's a goodly amount of apricot and quince mixed with toffee and crème brûlée. Scrumptious, racy and recommended for those who like good Port."
-Wine Enthusiast

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About Delaforce:

Six generations of the Delaforce family have called Portugal's Douro Valley home. The first arrived from England in 1834 and it was his son, George who in 1868 founded the port firm that bears the Delaforce name. Delaforce has cultivated an inimitable style, characterized as "rich, elegant and fruity," -- a style admired for its consistency, attracting kudos from port lovers and earning the firm numerous international awards.

The jewel in the Delaforce crown comes in the form of the spectacular Quinta da Corte estate. This splendid property, whose reputation for excellence dates back to the 1700s, consists of 90 acres of immaculately tended vines planted on neatly terraced slopes overlooking the Torte River. Probably the most photographed location in the entire Douro Valley, it is Delaforce's principal source of grapes. Corte's 25 - 30-year-old vines form the backbone for the firm's premium Reserve Tawnys and Vintage ports.

Winemaker Nicholas Delaforce is the sixth generation in his family to carry on the Delaforce tradition. Unusually, since the roles are traditionally kept separate among port producers, Delaforce is both winemaker and blender at Delaforce. Though still in his early 30s, he has already established a formidable reputation among wine writers and port connoisseurs as a stellar producer of world-class port.