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Mr.LING,,I have a ROBERTSON'S,Oporto,Portugal , 1945 Vintage Port ,Quinta Do Roncao, bottled in January 1948..Imported & bottled by Julius Wile Sons & Co., Inc., New York, N.Y.,,,,4/5 Quart,Green bottle,Red metal crimped top cover..Can find nothing about the ROBERTSON'S,Oporto,Portugal or Quinta Do Roncao part of the picture..Found things about Wile..How could I get this wine checked for sale purposes ????? HELP ME PLEASE,ThankYou

Hi Jeff,

This is an interesting question as the Robertsons were family friends in the '50s and they introduced me to the joys of Port though a Chistmas-time gift of my first quality Port, their blended Imperial Tawny.

But your bottle is a step up from that as Single-Quinta Ports fall between aged Tawnies and Vintage Ports in the quality scale and are usually made in years when the wine falls just short of the quality level needed for Vintage declaration. (Rabello Valente was Robertson's VP Brand.)

Robertsons were acquired by Sandeman in 1953 but the sale did not include the excellent Q. do Roncao, which was split between the Borges and Noval operations and continues to produce grapes for both, AFIK.

I don't know of any merchants in Florida who specialize in Port so I suggest you ask Wine Commune ( if they'd be interested in selling this bottle for you and what catalogue figure they'd suggest. (Be aware though that they may decline it as it is now very old for a Single Quinta - even one from the outstanding '45 vintage.)

However we COULD be talking four figures USD if you bottle is pristine in terms of level, label and capsule.




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