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Fine Douro Port

November 30, 2011
Question by: Ronald Lewis, Pasadena, USA

Q:

I have been given a bottle of "Douro Port", 1946 Vintage in a straw wrapped bottle and shipped by C. da Silva (Oporto).  Can you tell me more about this vintage; still pourable, any particular value, and how should I decant it?  Thank you.

A:

Hi Ronald, 1946 was not a declared year, but you can read a little about the vintage in our Viticultural Report for 1946.  Even the Port Wine regulating body, the IVDP does not list it as a declared year.   As this is not a Symington Family Estate port, we suggest you contact the producer, C da Silva, directly for further guidance about this particular wine.

Regarding decanting:  under the menu item above, Enjoying Port, we have an article about Decanting Vintage Port which we enthusiastically recommend!  Our head winemaker, Charles Symington, advises decanting Vintage Ports older than 40 years just 30 minutes to an hour before you intend to enjoy them.



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