A fine old-style wine, with solid dusty tannins balancing big, black, concentrated fruit. Dry tannins and dried fruits give a sense of richness and dark power. This powerful wine has been aged six years before release, but it could benefit from another four or five in the cellar. Best Buy. —R.V.
Long wood aging for 14 months has enhanced the delicious black fruits and spices of this broad, complex wine. The tannins are dense with dryness over the rich fruit. There's power, but good balance. Drink in 3/4 years.
Sure, purists may quibble that it’s international, but so what? It tastes good. Vanilla and chocolate notes from the oak caress blueberry and blackberry flavors in a smooth, creamy embrace that goes down easily. The finish echoes with vanilla, spice and fruit. No point in aging this puppy—drink it now.
A fascinating blend of Fernão Pires, Moscatel and Chardonnay. It’s the Moscatel, with its honeyed fragrance that is the most obvious, but the roundness comes from the other two grapes. The grapes are grown on the Setúbal peninsula, just south of Lisbon. Imported by Admiral Wine Imports.
It is the Chardonnay that gives this wine its character, its creaminess and flavor of green plums. There is just a touch of more aromatic flavors and a light hint of wood. Imported by Admiral Wine Imports.
A mature nose of leaves, pepper and even tomatoes and green peppers may be one drinker’s invitation to dive in and another’s marching orders. A really individualistic wine, it is robust with good tannins and body. The ’94, the current release but no spring chicken, is a good example of this wine at its best. Best Buy.