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Gift for a Naval Officer

May 23, 2012
Question by: Maryanne, Saint Peters, USA


My son is being commissioned by the navy, as an officer. I was told that a vintage bottle of port was a good gift. Can you recommend one for me? Thank you.


Hi Maryanne, Congratulations to your son!  A Vintage Port is a wonderful and traditional gift to mark such a special occasion.  Graham's, Dow's and Warre's are all readily available in the United States.  Of the recent vintages which will be easy to find - and which can be enjoyed now or laid down for another occasion - the 2003 or 2007 should be easy to find.  Dominic Symington was just showing the Graham's 2003, at a wine show in Germany and sent a message to say "It is showing really well, beautiful floral notes on the nose, extremely well integrated and very " drinkable" already. Clearly very vibrant flavours and a very long finish."  If your son's taste runs to full bodied, powerful Ports still showing rich fruit and floral notes then a 2007 Graham's is a good choice, the Warre's 2007 will be more elegant, and the Dow's 2007 tends to show spice and minerality a bit more prominently than the others, and has the classic Dow's drier finish. 

Another choice, if you really want to push the boat out (so to speak!!) you might look for either the Warre's 1963 or the Graham's 1970 - both were released from the Symington's own cellars just before Christmas and make a very handsome gift, as does the rare chance to enjoy such old Ports which have been cellared in pristine conditions here in our own cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.

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