Posts Tagged Fortified

2012 Diamondback Vineyards ‘Bella Forte’, Gold Vineyard, Oregon

This Port-style dessert wine can’t be labeled “Port” because it wasn’t made in Portugal. But trust us: If you love “the real thing,” you’ll love this Oregon version, crafted by a vintner (John Quinones) who was educated by Portugal’s... Read more

NV Blandy’s ‘Malmsey’ 10 Years Old Madeira

Deep tawny color to the rim; while not cloudy, there is a clearly deeper color here than in other bottlings reviewed (from additional suspended particulate matter). The forward nose shows lots of dried orange peel, honeyed golden raisins, dried... Read more

NV Blandy’s ‘Malmsey’ 5 Years Old Madeira

Deep toffee color, lightening to amber at the rim. The nose is restrained, heightening the sensation of alcohol (19%). Moderate aromas of honeyed raisins, salt and roasted nuts lead to a much sweeter, fruit-laden mouth presence. There is an earthy... Read more

NV Blandy’s ‘Alvada’ 5 Years Old Madeira

A 50/50 blend of Malmsey and Bual grapes. Medium tawny color. Textbook aromas of salted nuts, orange rind, raisins and caramel lead to a sweet, honeyed, dried fruit and sea salt palate impression. The wine is not cloying at all; the strong acidity... Read more

2008 Field Stone ‘Staten Family Reserve’ Petite Sirah Port, Alexander Valley

Opaque purple/black color. Aromas of concentrated blackberry jam, pectin, black pepper, menthol and a note of nuttiness. The wine thickly coats the palate, with the jammy black fruit picking up some chocolate. Aging for 12 to 20 years should yield a... Read more

2007 Valley of the Moon Winery Late Bottled Vintage Port, Sonoma County

We can’t wait for winter. That may seem like a strange thing to say in the middle of summer, but all will become clear momentarily. The visions of sugar plums began dancing in our heads after tasting this delicious dessert wine, made from the rare... Read more

2006 Pedroncelli Vintage Port ‘Four Grapes,’ Dry Creek Valley

Pedroncelli has a long and celebrated history of producing vintage Port using the traditional grapes of Portugal – Tinta Madeira, Souzao, Touriga, and Tinto Cao. The nose is a veritable spicebox of licorice, brown sugar, pie spices, and a note of... Read more

(Non-Vintage) Rancho de Philo Triple Cream Sherry, Cucamonga

The 2006 bottling (now noted on the bottle) shows trademark honey, white raisins, walnuts, salt, smoke and a hint of burnt orange peel. A compelling dessert-style Sherry. MSRP: $35.99 (November 2006) Wine Lines rating: 98 Group:... Read more

1999 Quinta la Rosa LBV Port

Dark berry and plum fruit, with nuts and licorice. MSRP: $19.99 (October 2006) Wine Lines rating: 90 Group:... Read more

2001 Pedroncelli Four Grapes Port

Fat and lush, oozing blackberry syrup fruit accented with clove, chocolate and hot cinnamon. Very youthful, but a pleasure now. MSRP: $15.99/375-ml.) (October 2006) Wine Lines rating: 91 Group:... Read more