Opened at a 40th birthday party as this was bottle in 1979. This bottle seemed tired and over the hil but it was pop and pour. Sometimes, older Port's need a bit kinder treatment. Perhaps some slow oxidation would have put this in a better place. Ruby in color. The nose shows a lot of alcohol but also some dried fruit. On the palate, this is shrill. Tart cherries, slight tannins. Really not pleasurable at this point. Not sure how representative this bottle is at age 42, but if opening a bottle, it's probably a good idea to check it first and give it time to revive.
This house makes some great wines that are quite expensive. This is there base value wine that retails for around $15. It is a very nice wine for the money as well. Purple/ruby in color though a bit flat. The nose has cranberries and boysenberries. On the palate, the fruit shifts more toward black cherries. Slight tannins. Good finish. Drink over the next five years. Will work with medium and heavier foods.
Light brown/ruby in color. The nose has a lot of volatile acidity and alcohol which is unpleasant. There is some soy sauce, and a slightly nutty quality as well. Better on the palate. Thick texture. Slightly sweet. Nutty. Heat on the finish. This is for after dinner and food pairings might be a bit difficult. Perhaps some nuts. It's possible that this was not a proper bottle or had been mis-stored at some point. It is not bad, but one would expect a bit more.
This is a blend of Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Cabernet. Purple /ruby in color. The nose is warm with black raspberries, raisins, dust and spice. On the palate, this seems a bit cooler. Cherries with dry earth. Its a big fruity wine. Some warmth on the finish. There is some complexity here and light tannins. It will take heartier foods. These are pretty unique grapes so its not clear how well this ages. Probably best to drink the next five years. Still, for around $20, this is a nice value.
The cork was soaked thru but did not leak. This drank well. Not amazing but excellent and correct. This actually looks more like a tawny that a vintage port (ruby). Same with the nose. It is nutty with some raisins. On the palate, this is sweet. It is sadly Maderized, but that said, it drinks nicely. Went well with a Spanish Musicians Tart (lots of dried fruit). There is hear and alcohol. Obviously, not what this wine should have been in its youth but it is 55 years old and a fine way to end an evening.
A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Franca. This is an easy drinking red from Portugal. It retails for around $10. Ruby in color. The nose is a bit dusty with candied cherries. On the palate, this is sweet, jammy and candied. This retails for around $10, so its fine, but this is a wine, for casual wine lovers. It's not meant to be cellared or contemplative.
Light silvery gold in color. The nose has some lemon/lime but is mostly mineral driven. On the palate, there is a nice spritz to this. Drinking well right now. Very food friendly but nothing heavy. This retail for around $8 which is a nice value.
Light golden in color. A nice spritz on pouring. Deeper nose. All about minerality and crushed shells. On the palate, there is a slight spritz. Minerals. Very dry lemon-lime notes. Quite food friendly. Would work great with seafood. Nice finish. This really does beg for food. This retails for under $12 which is a good value.
This is made from the Loureito grape. Green/silvery/gold in color. The nose is steely with a nice lemony quality. Just a bit of tropical fruit. On the palate, this is slightly oily. Light bodied. Good acidity. Just the faintest bit of spritz on it, especially the finish. This retails for under $10 and is a great value. Perfect for sipping before dinner or with lighter foods. Drink in the next year or two.
From Portugal, a source of some of the best values in red table wine today. This is an equal parts blend of Tinta Barroca, Touriga France, and Tinta Roriz. It retails for $10. Purple in color. The nose is dusty with boysenberry fruit. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Black cherries and raspberry fruit. Some underlying dry earth. Good balance. Will work with a wide variety of foods but also as a nice wine on its own. Great for parties.