I was at the world’s largest wine retailer the other day and saw their house brand Port. They have a good reputation for picking decent items, so I thought I would give it a try for the $20 entrance fee. It’s tawny all right. It’s almost orange-purple and very see-through in the glass. The nose offers up raisins, plum paste, Christmas cake and figs. On the palate it is quite young and a touch thin. There is a certain nuttiness that I’m enjoying. There’s a warm toffee meets hazelnut note on the midpalate that I’m liking and the heat of the 20% alcohol is a welcome addition to the mix. Dried figs come out on the finish alongside some very deep grained tannins. A great mouthfeel. I didn’t love this wine off the bat but it has grown on me. 90 points and 5 stars. Salut….
Quite dense and opaque purple in the glass. The nose has blueberry, iodine and espresso. On the palate it is quite sweet with creme de cassis, vanilla and butter. There is a hidden astringency from the very fine grained tannins. The midpalate glides along with the blue fruit theme and finishes with a short burst of tannic thrust that leaves the gums a little quenched. 88 points, drink till 2021 with lighter fare. For $9 it’s a pretty decent buy and gets 3 stars from me. Salut….
Good rich purple color with a faint showing of legs in the glass. On the nose- blackberry cassis, charcoal and cedar. On the palate I get dark fruit compote, coffee bean and a touch of tannin. The mid palate is all Ribena alongside the very slight tannins. The finish has a more blueberry note to it, with toasty wood and the last vestiges of the tannic component. A very nice, easy drinking wine that gets 89 points from me. Drink till 2024 with grilled meats. 3 stars for this $15 blend. Pairing with grilled Tri-Tip roast and patty-pan squash. Salut….
This is the second wine of Chryseia, it is a beautiful dark purple in the glass. The nose gives off rose petals, perfume, black currant and cedar slate. On the palate it is big- loads of Ribena, oregano, red licorice and a hint of wood. The mid palate is seamless with the introduction of some very lithe tannins. The mouthfeel is generous and warm in this wine. It is relatively easy drinking with the mild tannins, barely perceptible acidity and warm fruit. The finish is all black currant, decent in length and not overly dry. 92 points and 5 stars for this $25 effort. Delicious. Drink this blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz till 2030. Salut….
Bright purple in the glass. Plums and black berry come off on the palate with some earthiness that I love in Portuguese wines. There’s a dusty component reminiscent of desert air that pops up as well. On the palate it has telltale Tinto Roriz and Touriga Nacional notes. There’s a tar component alongside spice box and blackberry. The tannins are very integrated, of medium intensity and not astringent. I like the mouthfeel and the balance is great. The mid palate and finish are both steeped in black fruits and that spiciness. The dry, dusty notes I mentioned earlier slip back in right at the end. This is a tasty wine that gets 91 points from me. The $40 price point makes it a 4 star effort. Salut….
This was the next bottle up at the Tapas restaurant. We needed something light and easy yet flavorful. I was thinking Portugal for it’s budget, tasty reds. This one did not disappoint for the price.
Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barroca make up the blend in this medium bodied wine. Floral, purple fruits, and some balsamic syrup come to mind. Very mild acidity and meek tannins make out an easy quaffer. A touch of leather, which I love, comes across on the mid palate. The finish is rather short and fruity. Nothing too flash here but for the $12 price point that is to be expected. 88 points and 3 stars from me. Drink now, obviously with Tapas! Salut….
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….
Medium intensity in the glass. The nose is a bit funky, heavy on the oak and reeking of red fruits. Not particularly my favorite profile btw. The palate is very woody- raspberry and black cherry are the predominant flavors with a tart note to boot. There is a greeness to the midpalate to go along with the medium tannins. Acidity is decent and the wine balances on the finish. It’s a bit disjointed initially but comes together on a decent length ending. 88 points and 3 stars for this $11 effort. I may not purchase again as I don’t like the profile, some others may enjoy it though. Touriga Naconal 38%, Tinta Barroca 26%, Tinta Roriz 20%, Touriga Franca 14%, Tinto Cao 2%. Salut….
Of medium opacity, this blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) only clocks in at 12.5% alcohol. I paid a mere $ 6 for it and am excited to try what is proudly claimed as a 90 point WE #5 best buy 2016.
The nose is rather muted, offering up slight hints of blueberry and root beer. On the palate I am slightly surprised by what seems to be effervescence. More blue fruits and some slightly sweet notes of cola show up mid palate. The finish is rather short and the wine lacks much tannic backbone. I have to say, it is an easy wine to drink that will appeal to the relative wine noob as it does not inflict dryness to the gums and will serve its purpose at a Saturday afternoon cookout. A 90 point wine it is not. Not even close. I am going with 85 points and 3 stars for its relative price to quality ratio. Burgers, pizza and even the odd Spaghetti Bolognese would work here. Drink now, not for the cellar. 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….