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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Quinta Do Portal - Fine Tawny Porto

As with most Port houses Quinta do Portal has been producing wine for generations. They make pretty much every style of Port wine such as vintage Port, Colheita Port, aged tawny Port, late bottle vintage port, ruby and white Port, and the even make non fortified still wines as well.

This "Fine Tawny Port" is a simple non-vintage style tawny Port that is relatively inexpensive but has really classy packaging and is a nice value Port wine.

The wine has a caramel looking color with just the slightest tinge of pink, and appears to be kind of hazy or cloudy in the glass.

On the nose I get aromas of molasses, caramel, orange peel, orange marmalade, nuts, raisin, tar, nutmeg, and white pepper notes. The bouquet obviously evolves throughout the drinking experience to unfold all of these aforementioned characteristics.

On the palate the wine reminds me of an orange tootsie roll pop with it's sugary molasses-like texture and orange marmalade flavors. I also got flavors that reminded me of brown sugar, raisins, and on the finish nutty almond notes. After about two minutes of tasting I also noticed that the aftertaste is reminiscent of red apple skin.

This is a decent quality Port wine for the price. It's a bit fruitier that I expected for a tawny style but I actually enjoyed that. If you give this wine sufficient time in the glass it improves dramatically and I don't suggest serving it too cold. 86 points

 
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