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Wine Tasting Videos: Great Port Wines

In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Mulan Chan, and Edward Ruiz convene at one of San Francisco's finest restaurants, Incanto, to taste and discuss great port wines.

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NV Fratelli Ferrero Barolo Chinato, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
90

A very unusual wine.  It's hard for me to put into context.  Sort of like a sweet Barolo mixed with good Vermouth.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has botanicals, herbs and sli

1988 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94

From a 375ml bottle.  This was very impressive.  Drinking very well.  Deep golden in color.  The nose has honey and burnt orange peel.  On the palate, this is sweet not clo

2010 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauterne

Grade: 
A
Score: 
95

What can you say about d'Yquem?  An amazing wine.  The nose has honey and crem brulee.  Unctuous.  Sweet not cloying.  THe honey and crem brulee continue thru to the palate

Port Wine Truffle Sauce

I think Port is an underappreciated wine.  At least in my life, I’ve always restricted it to dessert wine, and not being a dessert person, the bottles I acquired tended to sit around in my wine cabinet to gather dust and “age”.  But, about a year ago, a friend (let’s call him John) at work called me over to his desk, pointed to an open bottle of port and a glass (fortunately he doesn’t operate heavy machinery) and asked me try his “…favorite $20 bottle of port, the best deal around”.  The wine tasted very nice, but what interested me more than the flavor, was the way he thought about Port.

Chateau D’Yquem: Greatest Wine in the World?

In the series on the 1855 Classification of the First Growths, I spoke exclusively about red wines.  In that same year, however, the sweet dessert wines from the Bordeaux communes of Barsac and Sauternes were also classified.  All of the dessert wines listed were rated as either premier cru (first growth) or second growth status.  That is, all but Yquem which was rated Premier Cru Superieur (First Great Growth), a higher rating even than any red wine achieved in their 1855 Classification.  Yquem is quite possibly the greatest wine made anywhere and has a history dating back four hundred years!  While every wine region has its stars, there is probably no other winery that so dominates the quality of a region and has such as a lofty reputation as Chateau Yquem.

What makes these wines so special is that they develop a rot called botrytis cinera also known as Noble Rot.  When certain grapes are attacked they get moldy which, in a wonderful twist of fate, causes the grapes to lose much of their moisture, concentrating the flavors.  The resulting grapes look like moldy shriveled raisins that produce a sweet nectar.

Ferreira Duque de Braganca 20 Year Tawny Port - IntoWineTV Episode 94

Great Port Wines. Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Mulan Chan, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the Ferreira Duque de Braganca 20 Year Tawny Port from the Douro Valley, Portugal.

Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10 Year Tawny Port - IntoWineTV Episode 90

"Great Port Wines". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Mulan Chan, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10 Year Tawny Port from the Douro Valley, Portugal.

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Broadbent Auction Reserve Port - IntoWineTV Episode 85

"Great Port Wines". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Mulan Chan, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the Broadbent Auction Reserve Port from the Douro Valley, Portugal.

Ferreira Ruby Port - IntoWineTV Episode 80

"Great Port Wines". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Mulan Chan, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the Ferreira Ruby Port from the Douro Valley, Portugal.

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