Quite a luscious vintage-style Port wine. It’s very sweet, with opulent flavors of all sorts of decadent dessert treats, such as pecan pie, chocolate brownies, caramel candy and Kahlua truffles. Yet the firm acids hold it all together. The spicy flavors last forever.— S.H.
A blend of five traditional Port varieties, this is a sweet (10% residual sugar), very rich wine of substance and harmony. It has massive flavors of berries with sweet overlays of caramel, chocolate and mint, and the sugars are nicely balanced by crisp acidity, although the texture is soft and velvety. This tasty…— S.H.
Unctuous and sweet, a smooth-drinking wine with the aroma and flavors of apricots, honey, oranges, smoke and vanilla. Delicious and assertive, with the bright acidity to boost the flavors and make the finish clean and sharp. Perfect with ripe fruit or an apricot tart.— S.H.
You can put this next to Syrahs costing four times as much and smell them both, and this Robert Mondavi wine will win out. It’s all about white pepper, blackberries and oak. Tastes fine and yummy, with rich berry flavors and soft, creamy tannins. Could use a bit more depth, but at this price, you can’t have everything.— S.H.
Made from traditional Port varieties, Woodbridge’s Portacinco is always a rich, sweet dessert wine, satisfying in fruit and body. You’ll find dark chocolate, white chocolate, cassis and cherry flavors, with good balancing acidity.— S.H.
Opens with complex, inviting aromas of blackberry jam, sweet oak, smoke, vanilla and mint. In the mouth, it’s pretty austere now, with tart acidity and rich tannins masking underlying plum and blackberry flavors. This is a young, big wine with aging potential, but balanced enough for early drinking.— S.H.
Plenty of richness here, with cherry and blackberry flavors finished with an edge of sweet herbs and roasted coffee. Totally dry, and the tannins are ripe and fine. Great value.— S.H.
The best of the new lineup, this old-vine Zin offers a big but not particularly lush mouthful of fruit, along with earthy notes and a hint of licorice on the finish.— W.E.