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kopke-tawny20This has to be one the more challenging reviews I’ve composed in a while.  I have so much I’d like to say about this porto…

Douro is a viticultural region almost perfectly centered in Portugal.  The region is named after this wine’s producer – in continuous operation since 1638(!). Exports began to Holland, and from Holland to the UK around 1680.  The Wikipedia entry for “Port Wine” is very educational as most fortified wines in this style can be called ‘port’. (Unlike the Champagne Region of France that controls the appellation for its sparkling wine, no such luck with these Portuguese fortifieds.) HOWEVER – “Oporto” and “Porto” are typically names reserved for wines originating from Portugal(1).

Bottled in 2011, this Porto is a blend of wines matured in wood whose average age is approximately 20 years(2).  Single-vintage ports are another exciting adventure altogether…

With a color of bruleéd sugar on that creamy dessert, and a nose of dried dates and maple essence, I was content to swirl, sniff, and admire.  The mouthfeel is indeed richer than your typical red wine, but from other ports I’ve had, this is a wee bit but not unpleasantly thinner.  The 20% alc/vol balances the sweetness but can be a bit ‘hot’ on the tongue if you’re not expecting it. Forward palate is of spiced caramel, finish is nutty with a hint of citrus in the back of the nose as the alcohol vapors waft away.

We compared the flavor profile of this port over several nights with Bleu and Gorgonzola Cheeses, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, a Romeo e Julietta cigar, and an English Cavendish pipe tobacco.  VASTLY different interactions with all of them but my favorite was the Dark Chocolate – its bitterness offset by the porto’s sweetness and turning the mouthful into a velvety experience.

Purchased at Sunfish Cellars, Lilydale, MN. ~$45.00 @ 375ml.

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References

(1) Wikipedia: Port Wine (referenced 13Aug2013, entry last edited 30Jun2013)

(2)WineWorth Importers  Copyright © 2007-2013, Wineworth LLC

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