2003 Graham Vintage Porto, Portugal, Wine Review

Grahams is one of the top Port Houses.  Stylistically, it is usually one of the sweeter Ports of those top houses.  2003 was a very hot year in Europe.  Oddly enough, that meant many of the wines either got too ripe or they vines shut down and the resulting wines did not have enough stuffing.  This wine is in the former category.  How that plays out depends on your personal tastes.  Deep purple in color.  The nose is jammy with black raspberries and black raspberry candy.  On the palate, the jammy candied quality continues.  Lots of black raspberry fruit.  Not a ton of depth but some.  Some

2016 Aliança Vinho Verde, Portugal, Wine review

Vinho Verdes provide crisp, refreshing wines at minimal costs.  They aren't made to last so buy them young.  This one was being closed out at $8 and that is a great price but drink them this summer as they are already starting to fade a bit.  Light golden in color.  The nose is steely with some tropical fruit.  Actually, gooseberries is pretty accurate along with a bit of mango.  On the palate, there is a bit of a sweet/sour thing going on.  Some residual sugar with tart acidity.  As is typical, there is a slight spritz to it.  It lacks a bit of that bright freshness that was probably prese

1994 Warre Porto Vintage, Portugal, Wine Review

From a 375ml.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is dusty with black raspberries.  On the palate, this has sweet black raspberry fruit.  Still drinking young.  Layers of fruit along with char.  Long finish.  Not overtly sweet but a bit sweet.  Plenty of time based on this bottle.  

1991 Dow Porto Vintage, Portugal, Wine Review

Ruby in color.  This was pop and pour.  The nose is nice with raspberries and milk chocolate.  Slight alcohol.  On the palate, this is very good if not great.  Milk chocolate covered dried raspberries.  Some heat.  Not the depth or complexity of other vintages for this house.  Heat on the finish. 

2005 Quinta do Crasto Douro Vinha Maria Teresa, Portugal - Wine Review

Purple/ruby in color.  The nose is custy with clay, cherries, cocoa and a bubble gum note.  On the palate, this is sweet black cherry fruit.  Slightly disjointed at first, it came together in the glass and continued to put on weight.  Very nice red and black cherries.  Good complexity.  Slight tannins.  At this point, this seems at or close to peak, yet given that it took time to come together, perhaps not.  It would be interesting to revisit this in a few years.  

2012 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines, Portugal, Douro - Wine Review

Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is nice with dark cherries, black raspberries and cigar.  On the palate, soft dark cherries with good acidity.  Tight layering that unwinds in the glass.  Lovely texture.  Nice finish.  Worked well with food.  While not quite as good as the Maria Teresa, it is also one third the price.  This will probably improve a bit in the cellar and certainly has a nice decade or two left.  

2011 Quinta do Crasto Douro Vinha Maria Teresa, Portugal, Douro - Wine Review

Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is great with black raspberries, dust and spice and char.  This was decanted for a bit before trying.  On the palate, there is a great precision here.  Lots of black raspberry fruit with dried leaves and charred earth.  A bit of tobacco.  It is tightly layered but unwinds in the glass.  Long finish.  A beautiful wine with a bright future.  

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