NV Sandeman Porto 30 Year Old Tawny, Portugal, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

This is a very nice Tawny that, considering it is a 30 year, is a nice value.  Light brown with orange swirls in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some toffee, figs and slight raisin notes.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Viscous.  Enough acidity.  Long finish.  This will, of course, last a long time.  It is great on its own but would work with dried fruit desserts that are not too sweet.  

1991 Graham's Porto Vintage, Portugal, Douro, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1991
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$80.00USD

From a 375ml bottle.  A bit of Port at the end of a nice dinner with a bit of chocolate is a lovely treat.  Since I didn't plan ahead, this was pop and pour and really deserved better, but so it goes.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  Even from this format, this bottle was not showing much age at 28 years from vintage.  The nose has cherries, milk chocolate covered raisins and slight dried cranberry notes.  On the palate, this is sweet, but not as much as expected given the producer.  Lively acidity.  Nice cherry fruit.  Some heat on the finish (air will help this).  Probably at its peak

1977 Robertson Porto Rebello Valente Vintage, Portugal, Douro, WIne Review

Vintage: 
2019
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$114.96USD

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.  

2016 Quinta do Crasto Douro Crasto, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$14.99USD

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.  

NV Herdade do Esporão Porto 10 Year Old Tawny Quinta dos Murças, Portugal

Score: 
84
Grade: 
B-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

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.  

2014 Herdade do Esporão Esporão Reserva, Portugal, Alentejo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

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.  

1963 Cockburn Porto Vintage, Portugal, Oporto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1966
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$250.00USD

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.  

2013 DFJ Vinhos PAXIS Bulldog, Portugal, Lisboa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
84
Grade: 
B-

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.  

2017 Caiu a Noite Vinho Verde, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

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.  

2017 Adega Coop. de Ponte de Lima Vinho Verde Colheita Seleccionada, Portugal

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

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.  

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