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91 • Daniel Gehrs 2006 "Fireside" Port, Amador County $36.
Shy dusty berry and custard aromas. Rich dry berry and raisin flavor with a touch of melted chocolate and peppery spice. Excellent smoothness and integration of flavors with a charred nut, toffee and earthy finish. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
91 • Ficklin NV Chocolate Passport, Madera County $11.99/500 ml. Best Buy.
Rich chocolate covered cherry and berry aromas and flavors with great balance, smoothness and a touch of dried flowers and beeswax on the lingering finish. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
91 • Ficklin NV 10 Year Old Tawny Port, Madera County $26.
Pretty copper red color. Aromas of toffee and dried fruits follow through on a supple, satiny entry to a sweet medium-full body with a spot on nutty sherried character and lingering raisin and fig and cocoa dusted nut finish. Delicious. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
90 • Pedroncelli 2004 "Four Grapes" Vintage Port, Dry Creek Valley $18/500 ml. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet. Dusty berry, cocoa, and spice. Smooth and supple with a solid "four grapes" character. Pencil shaving, dried currant, dark nuts, and spice on the finish. Very reminiscent of a true Oporto and built to age. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
88 • Norman 2005 Zinfandel Port, Paso Robles $20/375 ml.
Deep garnet color. Berry custard, cream, graphite, cocoa, roasted nuts aromas and flavors with smooth fruity medium-full body with a supple tannin fade. Tasty and ageable. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
87 • Ficklin NV Raspberry Passport, Madera County $11.99/500 ml. Best Buy.
Bright dusty raspberry, sandalwood incense, and violet aromas follow through on a supple entry to a fruity sweet medium body with a crisp raspberry juice and violet candy fade. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
87 • Ficklin NV Old Vine Tinta Port, Madera County $14.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Round mellow understated raisin and cherry aromas and flavors with pencil shaving and peppery spice and slate on the zippy finish. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
86 • Robert Hall Winery 2005 Vintage Port, Paso Robles $34.
Deep garnet. Dried berries, pencil shaving, and lavender aromas and flavors with bright acidity, cinnamon bark, clove, lipstick, potpourri, and chewy tannins. Dusty charred cedar and berry skin fade. A touch overpowering. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
84 • Rotta Winery 2005 Zinfandel Port, California $25/375 ml.
Leather, cocoa, nuts and raisins aromas with a touch of saddle soap and spice follows through on a supple entry to a sweet medium body. Peppery spice and dried apple finish with heavy tannins. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
83 • Alba 2005 Estate Grown Vintage Port, Warren Hills $19.99/500 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Berry custard, pink peppercorn, sour cream frosting. Slightly phenolic with tree bark, berry seeds and cherry pit notes. Tart and tangy fade. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)