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.
I really look forward to Portuguese wines. I normally find them to be full of flavor, with good structure and interesting profiles. This one was on sale for $14 and relied heavily on past vintage points awarded. It starts off very promising with a rich deep purple in the glass. Nose of bramble, blackberry and earth. The palate is initially a little light for me. Black cherry, more blackberry but that’s about it. The mid palate is one dimensional, offering a dusty blackberry note and not much else. The finish is slightly dry with some tannins finally appearing. This wine is too thin for me, not extracted enough and lacks any long term cellaring. I don’t think it is a repeat purchase. 83 points and 1 star from me. Salut….
Really bright opaque purple in the glass. The nose is inky with a touch of plum. The palate starts off with plums, a raisin component and some oak. A deft hand has been at work here with the tannins, they are powerful yet well integrated. There is a freshness that I am enjoying on the mid palate along with the dryness of the tannins. A finish of bright blueberry, tannins and a touch of heat carries on for a while. Surprising really as this wine only weighs in at 13.5 %. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and some Tinta Barroca. It is actually very yummy and will rock the pork tenderloins roasting in the oven with onions and some sautéed Kale. I’m going 90 points on this one. Paid $17 which makes it a 4 star wine. I have always thought of Portuguese wine as being very tasty, affordable and a go to if in a pinch. 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….