Maynard's Port Colheita Hand Painted Bottle 1997 750ml
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Maynard's Port Colheita Hand Painted Bottle 1997

Porto - Portugal

Professional Wine Reviews for Maynard's Port Colheita Hand Painted Bottle 1997

A beautifully balanced, rich wine, this has great tannins, a dense, firm texture and luscious blackberry fruits. It shows the structure of the vintage while also bringing a fresher element. Jammy but never cloying, this is an impressive wine for the long term. Drink from 2029.

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You may see some of my reviews here of Colheita Ports. Colheitas are Tawny Ports which all come from the same vintage, aged in wood and are not blended "for consistency". As such they are much more distinctive and unique, although that means, like most good wines, you can occasionally get a not-so-great vintage.

I would say the Maynard's are good, though not as good as my favorites, Feist and Feuerheerd's. They have a lot of the commendable characteristics of Colheitas (which, to me, are always better than blends), but don't have quite the unique, woody intensity of the best.

Still, I'd rather drink Maynard's Colheita than *any* of the big-name, popular Port blends, no matter how many years they claim to be...

Would you buy this wine again?: Yes
Would you recommend this to a friend?: Yes

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Region: Porto

The magnificent city of Porto - the capital of Portugal - is located near the mouth of the beautiful Douro river, in the beating heart of the Douro wine region. The Douro region has been regarded as one of the most important viticultural region of Europe for several centuries, and was the third region to be officially recognized and protected as a wine region, with laws having been passed in the mid 18th century regarding its status. Porto is, of course, most famous for the production of Port wine, an aromatic and slightly viscous tawny colored fortified wine, with a fascinating history of seafaring, experimentation and innovation. The vineyards used in the region for the production of Porto's wines contain up to a hundred different grape varietals, resulting in the wide range of Port wines on offer today.

Country: Portugal

Portugal has been an important center for wine production ever since the Phoenicians and Carthaginians discovered that the many native grape varietals that grow in the country could be cultivated for making excellent wines. After all, Portugal has something of an ideal wine producing climate and terrain; lush green valleys, dry, rocky mountainsides and extremely fertile soil helped by long, hot summers and Atlantic winds. Today, such a climate and range of terroir produces an impressive variety of wines, with the best wines said to be coming out of the Douro region, the Alentejo and the Colares region near Lisbon. Portugal has an appellation system two hundred years older than France's, and much effort is made by regulating bodies to ensure that the quality of the country's produce remains high, and the wines remain representative of the regions they are grown in.