Silverdale, WA 20% alc. (Purchased on 10/2/13)
75% Touriga, 10% Trousseau (Bastardo), 10% Souzao, 4% Tinto Cao, 1% Alvarelhao
Real cork…not a hand-pull type. Opaque deep purple with a brownish caste, showing it’s age of 16 years. Nose is definitely typical sweet, fortified, high alcohol, raisiny Port. Quite sweet and syrupy on the palate with tobacco, black plum, raisin and perhaps some cocoa. It has held up extremely well and it’s really very tasty. For me, it lacks the back-of-the-throat grip of true Port, but I’m always pleased to see American port style wines employing true Portuguese varieties in their production. A fine fireside sipper as the autumn (and soon to be winter) nights turn much cooler here in the northwest. A very inexpensive and tasty well-aged, fortified dessert wine for those willing to give it a try. Nice effort. I categorized this as “Kitchen Sink”, but Portuguese/American “Kitchen Sink”.
Worked great as a cooking component in one of our favorite entrees…filet mignon with port blue cheese reduction sauce (using smoked blue cheese crumbles this time). Mmmmmmmmmmm!
And by the way, BargainWhine was kind enough to alert me to the fact that reader ffchick shared her review of the 1999 vintage of this wine nearly two years ago in November 2011. She apparently paid $7.99 ($9.99 minus 20% during that year’s winter sale). So comparing her review with mine and noting the current price…I’d say this is a real bargain!