Full Review

Narmada Winery

Narmada Winery
2009 Allure Port-Style Wine, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Cheese

Category: Fortified Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 19.2% RS: 11.7%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$69

Narmada Winery
2009 Allure Port-Style Wine, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Cheese

Category: Fortified Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 19.2% RS: 11.7%
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of canelé pastry, cinnamon tart, cocoa powder, cola, green pepper, and rum macerated strawberry with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with notes of Nutella. A nicely structured fortified wine; its distinctive character will shine with blue cheeses.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: canelé pastry, cinnamon tart, cocoa powder, cola, green pepper, and rum macerated strawberry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of Nutella
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Roquefort
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely structured fortified wine; its distinctive character will shine with blue cheeses.

The Producer

Narmada Winery

The Producer
43 Narmada Ln
Amissville, VA 20106
USA
1 540-937-8215

Their Portfolio

89 Narmada Winery 2016 Dream, Virginia 13.7% (USA) $22.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2014 Reflection, Chambourcin, Virginia 12.9% (USA) $25.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 sur lie Reserve, Chardonel, Virginia 14.3% (USA) $27.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2017 Viognier, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $27.00.
BR Narmada Winery 2017 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 14.25% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Narmada Winery 2017 Mom White Blend, Virginia 14.27% (USA) $20.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2017 Gulabi Rosé, Virginia 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 Viognier, Virginia 13.9% (USA) $27.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2015 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $38.00.
90 Narmada Winery 2016 Petit Verdot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Merlot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $29.00.
87 Narmada Winery NV Primita Flavored Dessert Wine 13.95% (USA) $25.00.
BR Narmada Winery NV Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine 12.75% (USA) $27.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Dessert Wine, Virginia 18% (USA) $36.00.
90 Narmada Winery 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $38.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2015 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $30.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 sur lie Reserve, Chardonel, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
91 Narmada Winery 2018 Dream, Traminette, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
BR Narmada Winery 2018 Mom White Blend, Virginia 13.2% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Narmada Winery 2018 Gulabi Rosé, Chambourcin, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Port-Style Wine, Virginia 19.2% (USA) $69.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2018 Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine, Virginia 12.75% (USA) $27.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2017 Merlot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
86 Narmada Winery NV Petit Verdot, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2017 Malbec, Virginia 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
92 Narmada Winery 2017 Tannat, Virginia 14.5% (USA) $38.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $29.00.
87 Narmada Winery 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $38.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2016 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $30.00.
88 Narmada Winery 2016 Yash-Vir Red Blend, Virginia 13.4% (USA) $39.00.
86 Narmada Winery 2017 Yash-Vir Red Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $50.00.
89 Narmada Winery 2017 Mélange Red Blend, Virginia 13.6% (USA) $40.00.

Fortified Wine

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Serve in a Copita
Fortified wines, those inevitable after-dinner elixirs, have been a part of the American wine industry since its inception. The early American taste for fortified wines was well documented, as the signing of the Declaration of Independence was toasted with a round of Madeira. It, along with port and sherry, was the preferred drink of the Eastern aristocracy well into our own century. That the native industry should strive to compete for this market was only natural.

As in much of the wine-producing New World, vintners took a run at sherry (and do to this day), but the results on the whole pale, often quite literally, when compared to the Spanish original. Port, however, has fared beter. While the climate and soil of Jerez has not been duplicated elsewhere, the broiling heat and winemaking practices of the Douro have proven much easier to replicate--perhaps nowhere more so than in California's Amador County and San Joaquin Valley.

Port-style wines are being made beyond California. As might be expected, a certain measure of heat helps; the most successful examples have come from warm states such as Missouri. As the saying goes, a little residual sugar can cover a multitude of sins, but the Missouri ports of producers such as Stone Hill and Mount Pleasant truly stand on their own, and have proven as consistently competent as many California versions.

Fortified refers to wines that have additional alcohol as the result of neutral spirits being added. The most common fortified wines are port and sherry, in which the alcoholic level is between 17% to 20%, higher than a standard table wine of about 13% -14.5%

Additional alcohol technically means these wines can age longer, but that period also depends on the type of wine produced, as some ports and sherries are rather light and need to be enjoyed within a few years of their release.

Given the higher percentage of alcohol, pairing these wines can be tricky, as they could overwhelm milder dishes. For port, rich cheeses, especially blue, are fine, as are walnuts. For a dry sherry, a tomato or cream soup would be an excellent match, while for a sweeter sherry, an almond tart or a simple pound cake with honey would be an excellent match. Otherwise, enjoy these wines on their own.