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Delaforce Vintage Port 2011

Port from Portugal
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    20% ABV
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      20% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      Dark, opaque, nearly black in color. Powerful black currant and berries aromas. Medium-bodied, sweet, with a good fruit and a long, satisfying finish.

      Critical Acclaim

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      JS 94
      James Suckling
      A pureness and focus to this young vintage Port makes it exceptional. Aromas of blueberries and raspberries. Full body, medium sweet with an integrated fruit and tannin structure. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Extremely well-made. 500 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Better in 2022.
      WS 93
      Wine Spectator
      Powerfully fruity, with deep, rich flavors of dark plum, raspberry preserves and violet, accented by plenty of ripe, spicy notes. Dark chocolate and allspice accents linger on the long finish, revealing hints of cardamom and ginger. Best from 2020 through 2040. 500 cases made.
      RP 90
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      The 2011 Delaforce has a slightly smudged, gingerbread-tinged bouquet with plenty of ravishing ripe black fruit and a whiff of tobacco. The palate has a slight hickory note on the entry with a fine seam of acidity. Hints of cigar box remain patiently in the background, while the finish shows fine structure and weight. It is a slightly broody infant port, but one with charm and breeding.
      Range: 88-90
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      Delaforce

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      Delaforce, Portugal
      2011 Vintage Port
      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.

      Portugal

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      Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent dry wines, Portugal is unique in that it relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to the west on the Iberian Peninsula, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, perhaps due in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. Portugal is a long and narrow country, which makes for considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast. With the exception of Port, most Portuguese wines have struggled to garner attention in the international marketplace, perhaps due to the unfamiliar and difficult to pronounce nature of most of its grape varieties and terminology, which means that there are many excellent values to be discovered here by the adventurous consumer. The country is perhaps better known for being the world’s leader in cork production than for its wine.

      Port, made in the Douro Valley, is the fortified wine for which Portugal is most famous. The same region also produces full-bodied dry wines made from the same set of grape varieties, which include Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo). The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast. Other dry wines of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of the north, the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão, and the bold, jammy reds of the Alentejo.

      Blended from the most important red grapes of the Duoro Valley, Port is th e famous fortified wine from Portugal. Though it is based on the Touriga Nacional grape, there are officially over 80 varieties that can be used in Port production. Usually, in addition to Touriga Nacional, it is only four main varieties that typically finish up the blend: Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Touriga Francesa. Other wine regions of the world produce fortified wine of a similar style from the same grapes or others.

      There are numerous styles of Port: Ruby, Tawny, Vintage, LBV, White, Colheita, and a few unusual others.

      Ruby ports usually pack the most value and are ready to drink once bottled. Typical characteristics are ripe cherry and blackberry flavors with stewed plums, cocoa and dates.

      Tawny ports are “tawny” in color and have flavors of toffee, caramel, toasted pecans, vanilla, dried apricot, citrus peel, green figs and roasted espresso. The age designation on a Tawny Port indicates the average year of the grapes in the bottle.

      When Port is made with high quality grapes selected from a single notable vintage, it is called Vintage Port. Some of the best recent vintages are 2011, 2009, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997 and 1994. Vintage Ports are complex and full-bodied with many flavors possible: concentrated blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and spice, smoke, coffee and chocolate.

      LBV Port comes from a single-vintage Ruby Port and may spend six years in the barrel before being bottled. These are ready to drink upon release. Serve most Ports slightly chilled at around 55-65°F.

      RGL6811455_2011 Item# 125726

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