1900 D'Oliveiras Madeira Malvazia Reserva, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1900
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$3000.00USD

What a treat.  This is 122 years from vintage.  McKinley was president when the grapes were grown.  The color of dark iced tea, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has Tootsie-Rolls, toffee, orange marmalade and slight bitters.  Full bodied.  Vibrant acidity.  Fresh and delicious.  On the palate, toffee, orange peel, slight coffee and slight alcohol heat.  Long, long finish.  Complex.  A contemplative experience for sure.  This could likely go another 100 years.  While it would work with a less sweet dessert, this probably is best consumed on its own to really appreciate.  

1977 D'Oliveiras Madeira Boal, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$250.00USD

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

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

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.  :-)

 

1996 Broadbent Madeira Colheita, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1996
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$55.00USD

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.  

1958 D'Oliveiras Madeira Boal Reserva, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1958
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

A birthday/birth year wine.  Iced tea in color.  The nose is nice with nuts, orange peel, and slight chocolate note.  On the palate, this is a bit nutty with some alcohol showing.  Good acidity.  Complex layering.  Long finish.  Like all 1958's, this is not quite mature but doing quite well.  ;-)