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….
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….