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Staff Favorites - Adam Winkel
Graham's 20-year-old Tawny Port
Review Date: 12-5-2012
Like Graham's 10 Year Tawny, the 20 Year is a wine meant to pair with a dessert course. This big boy does amazing things alongside something as traditional as carrot cake with walnuts and cream cheese frosting. The carrot cake (as well as pumpkin pie) interplays beautifully with the wine's profile of orange peel and nuts. This also has enough richness to pair with caramel-based desserts when not all tawnies can stand up to the sweetness. Keep an open bottle in the fridge and pour it when called for... it will last for weeks or even months.
Graham's 10-year-old Tawny Port
Review Date: 12-5-2012
This is a good port to serve with dessert. The sweeter, nutty and raisiny profile complements your dessert course beautifully when a more delicate, fresher style of Tawny would get crushed. Try it with creme brulee or pumpkin pie! Keep a bottle in the fridge, and pour it when called for... it will last for weeks or even months.
Ferreira "Duque de Braganca" 20-year-old Tawny Port
Review Date: 11-29-2012
This shows amazing nuance and freshness, and the nuttiness comes in late to create a great overarching, transitory complexity. This would prove versatile with custards or nutty desserts, but it's certainly also one to savor on its own.
2003 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel #9
Review Date: 10-23-2012
Typical vintages of this Fritz Haag's AP #9 show focused notes of yellow peach and lime, but the characteristics of this vintage have taken it a step further to add a unique and pronounced mango profile. What is also normally a saline and filigreed mineral profile has relized what is more akin to a slab of grey slate dropped on your foot. The hot vintage was mitigated by the vineyard's cooling situation right on the Mosel, but the vines really worked for their moisture and the concentration is powerful but perfectly lifted. What we have is an Auslese that is built like a Rheingau wine but with the characteristics of the Mosel. The only knock on a wine like this is that it is aging a little quicker than other vintages, so take advantage of it! It is drinking fantastically! This wine shows best at cellar temperature with about a 2-3 hour decant.
Drink from 2012 to 2020