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Portuguese Wine - Port
If a Ruby Port label reads reserve, it has been aged in oak for about six years before being bottled and sold. Reserve Rubies are more complex and harmonious than a simple Ruby.

Portuguese Wine - Port
If you like Vintage Port but don't want to pay the price for this most premium selection, buy either Crusted Port or Late- Bottled Vintage Port.

Portuguese Wine - Port
Crusted Port is a ripe Ruby style that throws a sediment so, like Vintage Port, it needs decanting. Crusted and Vintage Port are both bottled unfiltered to let all the flavorful bits continue to infuse character into the wine in bottle. Yet, unlike Vintage Port, Crusted doesn't show a vintage on the label because it's generally a blend from different years, is ready to drink by the time it hits the shelves, and is relatively inexpensive.

Portuguese Wine - Port
Late-Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) is one step up from Crusted Port qualitywise, having spent a couple of extra years in cask. LBV is bottled unfiltered and throws a sediment but, unlike Crusted Port, it shows a year on its label—much like Vintage Port.

Portuguese Wine - Port
LBV can come filtered—such as Taylor's version, which doesn't require decanting.

Portuguese Wine - Port
LBV will keep a few weeks after opening if not decanted. Decanting exposes the wine to oxygen, decreasing the amount of time the wine stays fresh.

Portuguese Wine - Port
Colheita Port is a fine Tawny Port of a single vintage, aged in cask for at least eight years before release in bottle. It doesn't throw sediment so don't worry about decanting it for this purpose.

Portuguese Wine - Port
Vintage Port is produced only in exceptionally good years, and is generally produced from fruit of the best vineyards. Not all houses agree on what years are extraordinary though so Vintage Port years can vary by producer. Vintage Port is the most expensive style of Port you can buy.

Portuguese Wine - Port
1985 was an outstanding year for Vintage Port, and was declared almost unanimously among producers.

Portuguese Wine - Port
Vintage Port is bottled when it is two years old and ages in bottle for years. It shouldn't really be drank for at least fifteen years from the vintage date, and during this time it will develop great complexity and depth of flavor. This is the joy of the wine and the reason for its steep price. Because it ages in bottle and is an unfiltered red wine, it will need decanting to separate the wine from the sediment.

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