El Dorado, CA; 19% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 28 Dec
This Port-style wine from the Sierra Foothills seemed like a promising Grocery Outlet find, and indeed, it’s delicious.
Similarly to the Woodbridge 2001 Portacinco, this wine is apparently made from traditional Portuguese varietal grapes (Jodar Winery’s Black Bear port is likely made from Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cao, and Touriga Francesa) in a way that reflects the local terroir, and also only fully revealed itself on its third night open. The first two nights were pretty good, but tonight it’s especially good.
The wine tastes in equal measure of purple grape, ripe / dried red cherries / strawberries / raspberries, and tangy brown earth, with abundant complexities of raisin and aromatic spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, slight black pepper). Darrel commented: “Tried the port and does drink without much burn for 19% alc. The rim had orange and did have age in smell and flavor. The only complaint is the oak extraction which there shouldn’t be if emulating the Portuguese wines. The oak is in the nose and flavor. The Woodbridge might be more to the liking for a traditional port drinker even for $2 more.” The wine does have that woody component, nicely integrated IMO, but I admit I don’t know much about Port, so take my opinion as you see fit.