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.
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.
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
It is nice to drink an inexpensive Madeira. Iced tea in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with raisins, orange marmalade, molasses, and spice. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet. Viscous. On the palate, the orange marmalade comes thru along with raisins and nutmeg. Good acidity. Some depth. Nice finish. A little goes along way. A few ounces is a nice way to finish a meal or have an evening drink. An open bottle should easily last a month or more. Very nice on its own, but this would be nice with a toffee dessert.
This is 100% Boal grapes aged for thirty plus years in cask before bottling. For a Madeira it is young, but a lovely way to end a dinner. Deep amber in color, clear and bright. The nose has espresso, toffee, tiramisu, and oranges. Full bodied. Just a hint of sweetness. On the palate, toffee, chocolate and orange with some alcohol and heat. Long finish. This worked well with chocolate desserts. Very nice on its own as well. Drink over the next hundred years.
NV Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito) Madeira Historic Series New York Malmsey Special Reserve, Portugal, Wine Review
These Rare Wine Historic series of Madeira are excellent and really great values, too. Coffee color, clear and bright. The nose has burnt sugar, toffee, and orange zest. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Nutty and toffee on the palate, with a menthol note. Warming but not hot. Good acidity. Good finish. A bottle can be consumed over months once opened, so it makes for a nice late night sipper in a small glass. It can be paired with a not too sweet dessert especially a nutty one. Drink over the next 75 years. :-)
This made for a nice after dinner sip. Brown/iced tea in color with tinges of green, clear and bright. The nose has raisins, slight toffee, slight oranges, and fruitcake. Full bodied. Viscous. Just slightly sweet. It does show some alcohol on the palate. Also raisins, oranges and slight chocolate. Long finish. This should last a long, long time. Let's say drink it over the next thirty years? It worked well with a chocolate dessert but better on its own.