Blended especially for BBR and matured in oak for 20 years,
the sweetness in this fine mellow Port is beautifully
balanced by the richness of the fruit and the maturity from
the wood; rich and nutty, it would be heavenly with
The ownership of AXA, contrary to initial fears, has helped
to return Noval to the very top echelons of Port production.
The usual ingredients of inspired leadership (courtesy of
Christian Seely), generous investment and very fine raw
materials have all played their part. Beyond the celebrated
single vineyard, and its legendary Noval Nacional ( the 1931
is especially good I gather), the Bodega is particularly
praised for its Late Bottled Vintage and Aged Tawny wines,
both, not entirely coincidentally, bottled for Berry Bros
under our own label.
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Port comes in many guises which can broadly be divided into
two categories; barrel or bottle aged. As the names imply,
bottle aged ports often continue their maturation once in
bottle whereas barrel aged ports are generally ready to
drink at the point of bottling. Ruby ports, such as this,
are made from a blend of several different vintages and are
aged for anywhere between 2 and 5 years in large tanks
before bottling. Unlike vintage port, ruby port is ready to
drink once bottled.
Berrys' St James's Finest Reserve Port displays a deep, dark
ruby hue . The nose of lush red and black fruits suggest the
full, rewarding richness to come. The palate is sweetly
opulent and concentrated with vivid blackberry and black
cherry fruit and silky tannins. The finish is long and fine.
With a depth of flavour, richness and concentration normally
only seen in far grander Ports, this exceptional Ruby Port
is delicious with mature cheese and fruit cakes. There’s no
need to decant this port; it lasts reasonably well after
opening for 3-4 days.