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Reserve Port

Reserve ports are young ports, aged in barrel and bottle and destined for early release. They are generally made in a fruitier style, as a rough approximation of more mature vintage ports, though their youth often leaves them with some tannin to burn. The Grahams Six Grapes is a rather serious reserve port.

NV Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Porto 19.5% $13

Nicely layered nose of violet pastille, pencil lead, fennel seed, camphor and black currant fruit. This is fairly sweet in the mouth, but at the same time, is drying from wood with lots of tannins and wood spice. Downright cedary actually. This blends bold baking spice tones with a deep base of dried fruits in a very focused style. Definitely youthful and intense, this has complexity yet lacks a bit of integration at this point. 88pts

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  • There are some lovely red wines in Europe dating back to Roman times like Aleatico de Puglia, and weird wines like PANTELLERIA from a volcanic island near Italy

    Banyuls, Collioure and Maury, from the Catalan corner of France are great solutions to the chocolate pudding dilemna but appear as chilled aperitifs in their region.

    A cute little strawberry-tasting wine of about 5% is grown in Piedmont,called Birbet. We had one from Malvira that survived many years of neglect under the sink and yet tasted lovely after chilling, and disappeared in two sessions.

    I would say be brave and take the plunge on a bottle if you see such things in shops run by wine enthusiastsin the US of A.

    Dec 15, 2011 at 5:55 AM

  • nice one

    Sep 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

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