About Domestic Port-Style Wine

About Domestic Port-Style Wine
Domestic Port-Style Wines are those made in the style of Portuguese Ports wines but grown and vinified in the United States. Wines made in this style are typically fortified with brandy or distilled grape spirits which causes fermentation to stop and also increases alcohol. Flavors are typically sweetfruity, nutty, and have a stronger alcohol presence than standard table wines. The best examples are highly comparable to true Ports.

Top Picks for Domestic Port-Style Wine

Grande River Vineyards NV Ruby Port Grand Valley
92 points
Deep purple color. Jammy aromas of palo santo, licorice, blueberry, and macerated strawberries with a velvety, lively, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate biscuit, raisin, cinnamon, cumin, peppermint, and chocolate mousse finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Spice reigns is the distinctive Port-style wine with a symphonic, traveling finish.
92 points $24.99
Peachy Canyon NV Port Zinfandel
92 points
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of molasses-drizzled dates, dried figs, ground pepper, and tobacco with a round, lively, very sweet medium body and a peppery, elegant, long flourless chocolate cake, caramel latte, red licorice, orange marmalade, vanilla fudge, and candied nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. An absolutely delicious companion to blue cheese or chocolates.
Falkner 2015 Field Blend Port South Coast
90 points
Brown brick red color. Aromas of dried figs and strawberries, quince paste, and persimmon with a slightly chewy, lively, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spiced apple and toffee finish with moderate oak flavor. An excellently balanced Port-style wine that will be divine with cheese.
90 points $39.95
Mount Pleasant Winery 2008 10 Year Old Port Meunch
89 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of brown sugar, blended rum, candied orange, spice cake, and crystalized ginger with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long salted nuts, caramel-covered bananas, apricot pastry, and spiced pineapple finish. An after-dinner wine for rum lovers; a distinctive and delicious treat.
Château Élan 2016 Riserva Georgia
89 points
Black garnet color. Aromas of cocoa powder, ripe banana, and almond cakes with a round, crisp, very sweet medium-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-length crepes with bananas, dried figs, and cinnamon finish with light oak flavor. A fun port-style wine for those wishing to discover an underrepresented varietal; ripe, baked banana flavors display great purity and a balanced sweetness will be well received with the dessert course.
Isaac Smith 2011 Port New Jersey
89 points
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, dried strawberries, candied hazelnuts, and fleur de sel with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a hot, medium-length banana chips, dry roasted peanuts, and raisins finish. A solid Port-style wine with layers of chocolatey, nutty goodness.
Awards: 2018 Best New Jersey Fortified Wine
Château Élan NV Port Riserva American
89 points
Dusty black violet color. Aromas of dried fig, flourless chocolate cake, pastry dough, cocoa powder dusted almonds, chocolate muffin, toasted marshmallow, and molasses with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a warming, subtle, very long chocolate covered strawberries and toasty crepes finish with light oak flavor. Enormous strawberry flavors rock the palate in this delicious fortified favorite.
89 points $39.95
St. Clair Winery NV Port New Mexico
88 points
Garnet black color. Aromas of ripe figs, chocolate cherry pie, ripe dates, cinnamon danish, salted caramel, and marcona almonds with a supple, lively, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a charming, brief damson plum, dried apricot, cassis preserves, vanilla-honey on crepes, creme brulee, tobacco, and clove finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and palate-pleasing port-style wine from New Mexico; will be dreamy with blue cheeses or pastries.
Quady NV Starboard Batch 88 Port California
88 points
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of pickled watermelon rind, cigar box, menthol, and spiced cherry preserve with a silky, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, swift chocolate Twizzlers, anise, and fudge finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking port style wine for everyday indulgences.
88 points $24.99
La Toque NV Port California
87 points
Garnet color. Aromas of dried figs and dates, chocolate croissant, and walnuts with a round, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long butterscotch drizzled berries, peach-bread pudding, cherry preserves, black pepper, and clove finish. A very tasty, complex Port-style wine to be enjoyed with cheese, pastries, and cocktails.