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

Mount Pleasant Estates NV Tawny Port Library Volume XX Augusta, Missouri
95 points
$58
Medium steely amber color. Aromas of candied walnut, soy sauce, pecans, and brine with a fat body and a polished, layered, medium-long white peppercorn, marzipan, sesame oil, butterscotch, and burnt honey finish with no oak flavor. A sweet, savory and nutty Port-style Fortified Wine; well-balanced and perfect to elevate all kinds of dessert pairings.
Awards: 2021 Best Port-Style Wine
Pedroncelli 2014 Four Grapes Vintage Port Dry Creek Valley
91 points
$28
Black garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raisins, dried apricot, cinnamon-sugar, coffee candies, nutmeg, blood orange, star anise, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a warming, layered, long finish. A bright and balanced Port-style wine that is sure to please the after-dinner crowd.
Mount Pleasant Winery 2008 10 Year Old Port Meunch
89 points
$90
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
$60
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.
Bellview Winery NV Batch No. 3 Port Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$28
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of fresh brownies, creme brulee, rum-raisin cake, and chocolate-mint cookies with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish evoking notes of candied ginger and orange peel and soy glazed-nuts with light oak flavor. A rich, chocolatey Domestic Port-Style Wine that will pair effortlessly with blue cheese and creamy desserts.
Isaac Smith NV Red Domestic Port-Style Wine New Jersey
88 points
$29
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas of chocolate wafer cookies, plum pudding, dried figs, and molasses with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length raisins and lemon cheesecake finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, vibrant Port-Style wine with notes of chocolate and candied citrus.
St. Clair Winery NV Port New Mexico
88 points
$28
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.
Sobon Estate 2018 Zinfandel Port Amador County
87 points
$16
Dark violet color. Fruity aromas of prunes, lemon zest, and tangerine with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium body and a hot, appealing, medium-length chocolate shavings, hint of mint creme, and ginger tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A dense and fruity Port-style wine with big citrus notes.
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.
Wild Sun Winery NV Icarus Dessert Wine Missouri
86 points
$65
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dates, mincemeat pie, carob, honey-drizzled panettone, and pomegranate molasses with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length finish conveying notes of orange zest and sunflower butter with light oak flavor. A rich, sweet fortified wine that will be fun and festive for the winter months.