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2003 Vintage Ports

IWC, Fortified Wines & Spirits, Portugal

Stephen Tanzer, Jan 2006

It is clear from my early tastings that 2003 will take its place among the outstanding port vintages of recent decades, along with such stellar years as 2000, 1997, 1994, 1977, 1970, 1966 and 1963

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2000 Vintage Ports

IWC, Fortified Wines & Spirits, Portugal

Stephen Tanzer, Jan 2003

I approached the 2000 vintage ports with some skepticism, figuring that the millennium vintage would be widely declared even if it was a good rather than outstanding year for Portugal's Douro region.

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1999 Vintage Port

IWC, Fortified Wines & Spirits, Portugal

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2002

The highly irregular 1999 growing season in Portugal Douro Valley began with a very dry May and June that resulted in near-drought conditions in the vineyards through the end of an unusually hot July

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1997 Vintage Ports

IWC, Fortified Wines & Spirits, Portugal

Stephen Tanzer, May 2000

Many early reports on the 1997 vintage ports have described the year as outstanding