2014 Rockpile Winery (Mauritson) Independence, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

This is labeled as Red Wine, but it is a Port styled dessert wine from Sonoma.  A blend of 25% Tinto Cao, 25% Tinta Madeira, 25% Touriga Nacional, and 25% Sousão:  it checks in at 18.3% abv.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose has a lot of alcohol along with some raisins and slight chocolate.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Viscous.  Some cherry fruit.  A good bit of heat on the finish.  A very interesting take but a little goes a long way.  It is a members only wine.

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.  

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.  

1994 Cockburn Porto Vintage, Portugal, Douro, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Pop and pour, this may have benefited from a decant.  From a 375ml.  Purple in color.  The nose has black cherries, some dust and a bit of chocolate.  On the palate, the black cherries and chocolate carry thru.  Nice texture.  Finishes a bit hot but that was saved by serving it with vegan salted caramel pecan ice cream and a brownie.  Over all this is very good if not at the top level of vintage ports.  

2003 Graham Vintage Porto, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

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

1994 Warre Porto Vintage, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1994
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

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

Vintage: 
1991
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

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. 

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.

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