Full Review

Rodney Strong

Rodney Strong
2013 Gentleman’s Port, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate

Category: Port

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$22

Rodney Strong
2013 Gentleman’s Port, Sonoma County

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate

Category: Port

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18.5%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dark red fruit preserves, candied walnuts, sweet tobacco, and earl grey tea with a glycerous, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish manifesting impressions of dried figs and black cherry, leather and stewed red fruits, mildly dark chocolate, and wisps of smoke with a suggestion of oak flavor. Pair with blue cheeses and red fruit preserves, dark chocolate, or a medium bodied cigar; this tastes like high quality Ruby Port.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: dark red fruit preserves, candied walnuts, sweet tobacco, and earl grey tea
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of dried figs and black cherry, leather and stewed red fruits, mildly dark chocolate, and wisps of smoke
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese, Chocolate Mousse, Roquefort
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Pair with blue cheeses and red fruit preserves, dark chocolate, or a medium bodied cigar; this tastes like high quality Ruby Port.

The Producer

Rodney Strong Vineyards

The Producer
11455 Old Readwood Highway
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-433-6521

Port

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Serve in a Port Wine Glass
Port is both a fortified wine made from the Douro Valley in Portugal or a wine made anywhere in the world, modeled after that example.

True Port is made from several red varieties and is fortified with brandy or distilled grape sprits, which cause the fermentation to stop and also increases alcohol. Port checks in at 17% - 20% alcohol in most cases. Because of this alcohol, ports can age well- some as long as four or five decades. Most younger ports are quite sweet, while those that have been aged in wood for several years are drier.

Several other countries also produce a wine they label as port. The best examples are from Australia and the United States.