This is a dry table wine from the island of Madeira. It is a blend of 91% Verdelho, and 9% Arnsburger. A nice, easy white. Some citrus, some sea air/saline and some minerality. Nice on its own, this will work with sea food. Not a crisp wine but a nice wine for a party. drink now.
Served at a wine store tasting. This is nice but getting a bit long in the tooth at this point. This is a nice white wine that has a bit of lemon/orange citrus and some minerality. Refreshing. Easy to drink. Try to look for younger vintages.
Wow, so much fun to try a wine this old. The US Civil War was going on as these grapes were growing. Sercial is the grape used and it makes the driest version of Madeira. The color of Iced Tea, clear and bright. The nose has orange peel, and an earthiness to it. Also some walnut notes. And, of course, some oxidation. Medium bodied. Bracing acidity. On the palate, slightly nutty with a lot of alcohol. A bit of butter scotch. The finish is warm with some char. A very interesting wine and a little goes a long way. Probably best to drink this on its own after a great meal.
Graham's is one of the top Port houses and 1994 was an excellent vintage for them. Inky purple in color with some ruby swirls, opaque and bright. The nose has chocolate covered raisins with black raspberries and slight dusty notes. Full bodied. On the palate, black raspberries, milk chocolate, raisins and alcohol notes. Long finish with some alcohol showing. This is in a great place but not showing a lot of age. Complex. This should easily go another ten to twenty years. Great on its own, this will work well with chocolate desserts.
In France and Portugal, you’ll find Alicante Bouschet. But few other countries make it. So to find a stand-alone bottling from the Symington family (best know for their Ports), my interest was piqued. Soft tannins and mild acidity give way to blackberry, blueberry, ripe black cherry, a hint of huckleberry jam, and back notes of sage, wildflower and rose water. Unique unto itself, this is definitely a wine worth seeking out, if for no other reason than you won’t find this grape bottled very often.
A very nice ten year Tawny Port. Ten years is the average age of the wine which is a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, and 25% Tinta Barroca. Iced tea in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with a nutty quality along with slight chocolate and a bit of Crème brûlée. Full bodied. Viscous. On the palate, this is sweet, not cloying with some alcohol showing (20% abv). It is complex and deep. Long finish. This is nice on its own and will work well with a less sweet dessert. Something nutty would be ideal, but even a Pecan Roll would work. So would a Snickers ba
This is a slightly spritzy wine from northwest Portugal. It is a bit unique for Vinho Verde as it is 100% Laureiro grapes. Straw colored with just a bit of smallish bubbles showing at the rim, clear and bright. The nose is nice with a slight floral note, limes and lots of minerality. Light bodied with a bit of a spritz still showing. Crisp acidity. On the palate, flavors of limes and slight tangerines with underlying minerality. Nice finish. This is very refreshing on its own but is also very food friendly with lighter food. Soft chesses or Quiche would be nice for brunch or lunch.
A great showing for this "young" Madeira. Light brown (the color of Iced tea) in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is great. Dusty with Tootsie Rolls, caramel and orange peel notes. Full bodied. Viscous texture. Great acidity. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Complex. Delicious. Chocolate, caramel and slight oranges. Long, long finish. This is drinking well and at age 55, it has decades maybe centuries left. Great on its own, this would work with more savory, plain desserts.
Stood the bottle up for a couple of weeks. Decanted for sediment and immediately served. Purple/black in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with chocolate covered raisins, slight raspberries and a hint of gravel. Full bodied. Lightly sweet. Complex and deep. On the palate, this is delicious. Chocolate, raspberries and slight cherries. Some heat on the long finish. This is great on its own or would be nice with a chocolate dessert. Drink over the next decade or so.
Crazy bottle. The grapes were the 1820 vintage. That means James Monroe, one of the USA's Founding Father's was president when these grapes were harvested. Apparently in 1858 John Vanderpool, and affluent New Yorker has health issues and was advised by his doctor to try a different climate. On his travels, he stopped on the island of Madeira where he purchased a quantity of this wine and stored it in glass demijohns. He passed away, survived by his son, Jacob Vanderpoel, who in 1870, had this wine bottles for its 50th anniversary. Somehow, a bottle made it to northeast Ohio where it w