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Any wine lover will be able to tell you the exact moment they had the best wine they’ve ever tasted. Not only will they be able to rattle off the vineyard where it was produced and vintage, but they will also be able to tell you where they were and who they were with during the tasting. Excellent wines are in their own category, and being able to create something so complex is the truest form of art. You can taste every step of the winemaking process from the soil the grapes were grown in to the barrel that held the wine. The following wines are the embodiment of the hard work and dedication that goes into creating exquisite wine.

1931 Quinta Do Noval Nacional

There were only 200 cases originally produced of this wine, and it is one of the most sought after bottles in the world. This vintage is heralded as the greatest port to ever be produced, and for port fanatics it can only be described with one word: perfection. It is sweet from start to finish with strong notes of brown sugar and berries throughout.

1945 Mouton-Rothschild

The Bordeaux Region has a reputation for producing world class wines, and the 1945 Mounton-Rothschild is at the top of that list. Most sommeliers attribute the bold flavors and sweetness to the 50 years this wine spent in the bottle. Others believe its classification as a “Victory Vintage” by being bottled at the end of World War II bring added liveliness to the bottle. Regardless of how it it happened, this wine is phenomenal. There are subtle hints of mints that give way to bold flavors of ripened fruit and rounded tannins.

1955 Penfolds Grange Hermitage

This Australian wine has been heavily critiqued over the years, but it is easily the best Penfolds Grange ever produced. Most of the critiques were with the style with which the wine was produced. When it comes to taste, however, this wine just keeps on giving. A dark brick body is accompanied by currant, dark chocolate, and prunes with a rich cigar finish.

There are a number of factors that play into creating one of the greatest wines to ever be produced. Every wine was made a little differently from the other from the soils to the grapes to the methods in which they are extracted and bottled. The one thing that is constant across the board with great winemaking is the passion and dedication that the winemakers put into their creations. Without that passion, none of these great vintages would be possible.