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….
The last time I had an Australian Port was in 1999, in Sydney. It never really dawned on me to search them out. I recently got back into Port drinking and just ordered 10 different bottles to try out. This is the first of them and I am looking forward to this adventure.
In the glass it resembles it’s style-tawny… It has a brownish, purply tinge to the see-through base. The nose is nutty, with plum reduction and a hint of oak. There is a certain youth to go along with the mellowed out nuances in the nose of this aged wine. On the palate- orange marmalade, raisins and hazelnut mingle with a plum base. The wine is slightly syrupy and shows nice legs in the glass. The 18% alcohol is well masked and there is a trace of very fine grained tannins running through the mid palate and on to the long finish. Speaking of which, the finish has more of the orange notes I got on the opening as well as some oak, almond and raisin. It lasts a while, with not much sign of the alcohol at all. Overall this is a very tasty dessert wine that has aged nicely and is ready for business. I’m going with 90 points and for $19 this is a 4 star effort. Salut….
Rich, thick purple in the glass- youth with power. Nose of plum extract, coupled with blackberry jam. Powerful and unctuous for a red dessert wine. On the palate, pure Port expression of dark fruits meeting iodine, old oak cask and blackberry jam. A stunning display of power, elegance and drinkability all wrapped up in one tight package. A hint of well hidden tannins leave the midpalate with a slightly dry sensation while the acidity offsets the very slight tannins. The finish is shorter than hoped for but who cares? It has a definitive bitterness that I find intriguing. This is a really good wine worthy of 92 points. I’m not going to lie, I just ordered a bunch for $21. If you like Port, give this 5 star effort a go. Salut….
I love Port, but never seem to have any lying around so I only drink it when out to dinner. I bought two bottles of this Vintage Port before Christmas and gave one to my parents, they love the stuff. I opened my bottle last week and have been sipping on it every so often.
Gorgeous stuff is all I can say. Dark flowing purple in the glass it explodes with aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and earth. Slippery smooth on the palate make this a treat to drink. Dark plum compote and blackberry tart come to mind with some leather and sweet candy- like twizzlers. A generous use of wood is balanced out with loads of fruit weight. The wine is somewhat tannic, which I thoroughly enjoyed along with a balance of fine acidity. I did not decant the wine but the bottle showed signs of residue in case you have one lying around. The cellaring potential for this wine is long, perhaps until 2030 at the least. The back label has a ton of information relating to maturation, varietals, etc. I won’t bore you with the details, suffice to say it’s a delectable wine that finishes a nice meal in grand style. 93 points from me and a retail price of $60 make this a 5 star wine to be brought out for special occasions (mine happened to be a delayed Christmas season!). Salut….