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Barros Port, 1996 Colheita Port

Colheita Port
***Decanter 95 points- Gold Award Winner 2021***

Bottle size: 75cl

ABV: 20%

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$56.03 USD

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Description

Vivid golden colour. Rich and elegant nose, combining the dried fruits aromas with the aromatic wood notes. Soft and silky in the taste, full with ripe figs and sweet flavours. A sensation of depth, in an elegant and distinctive style. Perfect and overwhelming finish.

Colheita, or single harvest ports, are aged in the barrel. Contrast this with vintage ports which are aged in the bottle and only have a short drinking window after opening. Colheita ports have had air working on them through the cask during all the years of aging, giving them a open-life of a month or longer. Lighter and more delicate than vintage ports, the colheita ports are immediately understandable and enjoyable to the novice port drinker and an on-going pleasure to the experienced.

Enjoy colheitas slightly chilled, as an aperitif or at the end of the meal with desserts, cheese, nuts and dried fruit.


Colheita Port Storage and Serving Advice:
Colheita Port should be stored in a cool and dry place, sheltered from light and temperature fluctuations, and the bottle should remain in an upright position. If stored correctly, Colheita Ports will keep for decades in the bottle. Over time, it is natural that a little sediment will form at the bottom of a bottle of colheita Port wine. Once opened colheita Port should be stored in a fridge and should be consumed within 3 months. Colheita Ports do not require decanting and are best served at a temperature between 14 and 16°C.



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Condition

Excellent - Bottled in 2021

Reviews

Burnt caramel aromas with dried cranberry notes lead to lovely bittersweet complexity on the palate. Spice and baked earth, and a fresh butterscotch and malt finish.
Decanter 95 points

Deep reddish gold. Smells more savoury than the Niepoort white 1968, with a much more pronounced aroma of bitter toffee. Again, scented with hay as well as bitter orange. Beautifully subtle and intense at the same time. Richer and sweeter-tasting on the palate than the Niepoort, more mouth-filling but not quite as persistent. That bitter orange is so attractive in combination with a touch of smokiness. Spice on the finish, almost like nutmeg. 18/20 points. (JH) Jancis Robinson.com

The 1996 Colheita Tawny Port, bottled in 2015, is a field blend with 102.9 grams per liter of residual sugar. This adds a layer of classic, "old Tawny" concentration of flavor to the finish, making it far more complex than Sogevinus' fresher 2000 Cálem, also reviewed. The finish is laced with notes of Brandy and just a hint or two of molasses. Of the youngsters, this is the more intriguing because of its complexity, although the Cálem is the sexier. This understated 1996 is also a bit firmer in the mid-palate and lingers longer, showing notable grip on the finish. Its tightly-wound demeanor makes it very focused as well. Reasonable minds might differ between the styles of the two, but I'd give this elegant Colheita the nod. Don't misunderstand, by the way--while this is the more intellectually interesting of the two (relative) youngsters, it is also quite delicious.(MS) Wine Advocate

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