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90 • Alba 2007 Vintage Port, Warren Hills $19.99/500 ml.
Inky garnet maroon color with a brownish brick rim. Aromas of mashed dried currants and prunes, fig paste, spice cake, and creamy mint follow through on a round, supple entry to a fruity sweet medium body with very good depth and balance. Finishes with a tangy, craisin, pink peppercorn, and wet limestone accented finish. Nice complexity and style. (tasted on Jul-01-2010)
89 • Pedroncelli 2005 "Four Grapes", Vintage Port, Dry Creek Valley $18/500 ml. Cellar Selection.
Inky violet color. Mild boysenberry and spice aromas are somewhat closed at present and follow through on a supple entry to fruity sweet medium-full body with very good depth and understated balance. Finishes with cocoa, caramel, and earth accented fade. A keeper. (tasted on Jul-01-2010)
88 • McKeon-Phillips 2006 Great Oaks Vineyard, Sir Winston Port, Santa Barbara County $28/500 ml.
Opaque inky garnet color. Dense aromas of baked cassis, sundried tomato and delicate herbs and spices follow through on a round, supple entry to a fruity sweet medium body with hints of menthol, clove, and peppery spices on the zesty, peppery, powdery tannin finish. (tasted on Jul-01-2010)
87 • B.R. Cohn 2007 Olive Hill Estate Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Port, Sonoma Valley $40/375 ml.
Deep violet black color. Mild raspberry compote, gingerbread, and mint meringue aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity sweet medium body with good creamy depth and a tart cranberry muffin and silty tannin finish. Nice understated style and structure. (tasted on Jul-01-2010)
87 • Ledson NV Sweet Ida May "Port Style", Zinfandel, Madera County $50/375 ml.
Dark garnet tan color. baked raspberries, olive, and custard aromas follow through on a supple, satiny entry to a fruity medium-full body with very good depth and a tangy, tomato paste, cherry cobbler, and peppery spice finish. (tasted on Jul-15-2010)
86 • San Valencia Winery NV Old Vine Tawny, Madera County $19.99/375 ml.
Ruby with an orange brick rim. Aromas of raisin compote, toasted almond and white peppercorns follow through on a soft entry to a tart and fruity medium body with good depth and cocoa, amontillado, and nutshell notes on the mellow, peppery finish. A nice, mature, sherry-like dessert wine to serve with cheeses, dried fruits and nuts. (tasted on Jul-15-2010)
86 • R & B Cellars NV Fortissimo Dessert Wine, Madera County $20/375 ml.
Deep ruby black color. Blackberry, cherry, tobacco, coffee candy, almond skin, and cedar aromas follow through on a round entry to a moderately sweet medium body with leather and nut notes and a peppery spice finish. (tasted on Jul-15-2010)
86 • Maryhill 2006 Vintage Port, Columbia Valley $24.99/500 ml.
Deep garnet color. Reposado tequila like aromas of grilled pineapples and peppers display pine cones and jalapeno notes and follow through to a moderately sweet medium body with a smooth and soft, chocolately finish. Intriguing. (tasted on Jul-01-2010)
84 • Wollersheim 2008 Port, American $20.
Deep garnet color. Interesting aromas of banana bread, mulberry compote, fruit gum, mint leaf, and chocolate covered graham cracker follow through on a round entry to a fruity sweet medium-to-full body with a eucalyptus accent on the breezy, lightly creamy finish. (tasted on Jul-01-2010)
83 • Rotta Winery 2007 Giubbini Vineyard, Estate Zinfandel Port, Paso Robles $25/375 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet color. Baked boysenberry, clay, minted melon,and graham cracker aromas and flavors with a slightly gritty texture on a fruity sweet medium body with a gummy note and tart craisin and currant fade. (tasted on Jul-01-2010)