I asked for and got a bottle of Port for Christmas, which we opened with the Pudding. I was expecting an oaky, full bodied, black fruited mouthbomb but was surprised with this offering. It is very brooding and dark in the glass. The nose is brandy laced plum pudding, black currant and cedar. On the palate it gives me iodine infused black berries and oaky smoke. It is tasty for sure. The tannins are very integrated, lithe and very present on the mid palate. The wine has an astringent note that harkens from a tea component, The finish is nice and deep, with tannic dryness and a stewed plum component. Overall, I am enjoying this wine, even though I feel it is lighter in mouthfeel and slightly less flavorful than what I was expecting- perhaps it is a more ‘refined’ Port. I am going with 90 points and 3 stars for this $23 bottle. Salut….
Nearly black, it exudes power. Rich plum puree with some oaky toast and blackcurrant jam greet me on the nose. The palate is very smooth, with more dark berry fruits and toast. It exudes more blueberry/blackberry compote that I am really liking. The mid palate shows off some dry tannins that reach back to the molars and give me a delightful dryness. There is a smoky component which slides in and out that I am really enjoying. It is very faint, but there. The sweetness of the wine is offset by its balancing acidity, the dryness is left in check. Overall, this wine is really good and I would pair it with Manchego, some dried apricots and almonds. Or you can just drink it by itself, delicious. 91 points and for $25 it gets 4 stars from me. Salut….
I opened this bottle up last week but kept forgetting to make notes (I was really tired). I nearly finished the dregs before realizing my faux pas, so pardon the brief outline- it was a good drop of Port that I bought for the initial Port taste test.
Rich, tannic, dry. Nose of dry oak, blueberry syrup and red raspberry reduction. The palate is very thick- blueberry, cedar slate, a long, dry finish. This wine is attractive, if young. It begs for a cheese tray. 90 points for this $15 bottle. I yet again disagree with the big boys…. oh well. 5 stars, you can’t beat the quality to price here folks, go get some if you like Port wine. Salut….
I have harped many times about the quality and price coming out of Portugal. Always good, rarely pricy- you can count on it in a pinch. This Port is part of my study into the fortified wines of Portugal. I am having fun doing it and have discovered some really tasty, near $20 dessert style wines that have really become part of my after-dinner ritual. This one starts out very dark purple in the glass and has a nose of sweet verbena, dark fruit melange and oaky blueberry reduction. The palate shows off a slightly lighter style of Port, black cherry, dark fruits and stout oak. On the mid palate I get cedar plank, dark berry and a tannic streak. The wine is tasty, but slightly dry and dusty. I’m enjoying it and hope it develops. For now, 88 points which is in stark contrast top the whopping 94 points it got from the big boys. Perhaps it needs some time, or else I need to recalibrate my palate fifty these wines! I recommend some soft cheese, and maybe something stinky like Cambozola to go with this one. I might have to get another bottle to cellar. Priced at $24, it gets 3 stars initially, hoping for 4 at a future tasting. Salut….
I do love me some Port. It goes well with cheese, dessert or alone after dinner. It is one one of life’s real pleasures.
This particular one was bought with a slew of others as I am trying out as many as I can. It looks almost black in the glass. A brooding, dark monster. It is after all named a Warrior, and is of the Finest Reserve. The nose offers up burnt matches and dark plums. Kind of a weird combo. The thickness of the wine is evident on the presentation. On the palate- it is rich, with dark cherry reduction and blackberry syrup. The wine has an unctuous feel to it, somewhat akin to dessert whites. It shows off a nice level of acidity to go along with the tannic backbone. This one will cellar well. The finish is long, broad and has hints of blueberry pie, some vanilla as well as dark chocolate. I like this one and am going with 90 points. I paid $19 and give it 4 stars. Not a bad drop if you like Port. Salut….
Just when things were running on rails, the wine world throws a curve ball. I’m talking about LBV Port, specifically Unfiltered. Turns out this is a whole different beast that I don’t have a clue about , being untrained and just a commoner. There are several links to explain the differences:
Now, back to my bottle, an unfiltered LBV from 2011. Veyy dark purple in the glass. A nose of dark, rich plums, some alcohol and a touch of nutmeg. On the palate- very rich dark berries, plums and a hint of spice. Lovely.
The mid palate shows off very smooth plum compote, with a warm blackberry jam extraction and some ripe tannins. The wine has spent time in the wood and has some vanilla notes to boot. The acidity hits the finish along with more dark berries and some tobacco. There is a certain dryness to this wine that I am really digging. The mouthfeel is a little rough for me, with a green tannin compound but overall, very enjoyable. 91 points from me and 5 stars for this $18 effort. If you enjoy a dessert wine, buy this one by the case. Salut….
Nearly black in the glass, which is what I expected from a Ruby Port. The nose is fresh, full of spice, dark plums and rich leather. The palate is delicious, with warm plum ganache, spice box and an earthy tobacco note that I am finding very interesting. The mid palate exhibits a slight bitterness, like almond seed, plus some caramelized plum essence. The finish is delicious, in fact, the best part of this package. Nice warm plums, some more earth and a touch of tobacco and cedar. The spiciness is an interesting addition. It takes this wine to the 91 point level for me. At $16 this is a must buy if you like the Ruby style Ports. I’m buying more. 5 stars and a great post dinner treat . Salut….
In my continued effort to taste as many Port wines as possible, this is the latest to hit the gums. It looks sinister, dark blackish purple in the glass. The nose is somewhat subdued, but what I get is black currant jam with some wet towel funk I can’t get over. The palate is totally different, which is where it really counts. Notes of black berry, cherry extract and oak all hit the palate at once. It’s a crescendo of syrupy extract. There is a certain amount of very fine tannins that pop up mid-palate and dry the hell out of my gums. The flavors are all dark fruit, with a certain concentration as to be expected. The finish is very dry with loads of black currants, some earth and a touch of biting oak. 90 points from me for this non-vintage $15 wine. I like it, and will get more of this 4 star wine. Salut….
As you may have read recently, I’m on a Port kick and looking to try as many styles as possible. This one is labelled Reserve, no info on Tawn, Ruby or LBV. It is dark purple, almost inky. The nose is rich with fig, blueberry paste and chocolate dust. On the palate it is refreshingly vibrant with plum, blueberry and a bracing acidic component. I sense a warmth on the mid palate that I attribute to tannins mingling with the 19.5% alcohol. The heat doesn’t bother me, it is well integrated as are the tannins. On the finish I am reminded of this wine’s youth, the mouthfeel is fresh and dry. More plums and blueberry pie show up on the tail end. The wine is tasty and well made, 89 points from me. On sale for $15 it is a good deal- 4 stars.
This is a Port wine made from Zinfandel grapes in California. Rich, dark purple in the glass. The nose is stewed plum and vanilla cola. The initial taste is rather abrupt- plum compote, raisins and a balsamic note. Acidic without a bite, but a touch of tannin keep this dessert wine balanced. The finish is decent in length but the flavor is rather medicinal. Its 19% alcohol is well hidden. This wine is delightful and interesting, certainly not what I was expecting. 90 points from me. I paid $22 for it which makes it a 3 star effort. Salut….