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1977 Taylor Vintage Port $199.99
1977 Graham's Vintage Port $149.99
1963 Dow's Vintage Port $299.99
1970 Fonseca Vintage Port $269.99
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Branco Quinta Da Aveleda is a screwcapped blend of 70% Loureiro and 30% Alvarinho, unoaked and coming in at 11.5% alcohol. There is no added carbonation. This was seen earlier this year, but it was tasted only a few weeks after bottling. It is worth revisiting with some time in the bottle. This is typically a super value, real wine at a bargain-basement price. So, too, this year. It seems even better now. This is bright and crisp, but the wonderful fruit is the reason you buy this. Expressive and exuberant, it tastes great, yet the fruit is perf ...Read More »
Produced from Loureiro and Pederña grapes grown in the granitic soils of the Vinho Verde region, the Santola (or as we here are calling it, "the crab wine") is a delicious, spritely and refreshing white. It doesn't get much more traditional, thirst-quenching or seasonally perfect then this wine. Delicious, low in alcohol, slightly fizzy and way too easy to drink!
94 points Wine Spectator: "***Highly Recommended*** Powerful, rich and refined, with a lithe mouthfeel and flavors of boysenberry, sandalwood, macerated cherry and damson plum. Very minerally as well, featuring loads of spicy notes on the well structured, lingering finish. Elegant. Drink now through 2022. (KM)" (5/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Reserva Old Vines, Crasto's familiar brand, is easily the best intersection of price and quality in Crasto's 2012s, although that is frequently true. It comes awfully close to being the best wine, too. It is a very fine performance in this restrained year. I ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Great nutty aromas come from the glass and follow into the palate of this sweeter style of white Port. It is rich, packed with almonds and a tangy orange zest edge." (8/2010)
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Alvarinho is unoaked and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. As fans of this classic bottling know, it is very dry, most definitely not fizzy and typically a great value. It is glorious, expressive and fresh in this vintage. In the long, proud history of this fine estate, this seems to be as good or better as any standard, unoaked Alvarinho they have produced. It is also one of the best unoaked young Alvarinhos I've had. We'll see what the future brings--it won't be an unqualified success for Soalheiro if it does not hold well for a decade or much more-- ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* Very suave, with rich minerality and luscious flavors of plum tart and cherry compote. Cedary notes are accented by lots of white pepper and spice on the zesty finish. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca. Drink now through 2020. (KM)" (6/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Papa Figos (Casa Ferreirinha) is a blend of 30% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinta Roriz and 30% Tinta Barroca, all sourced from Douro Superior. About 20% of the juice was aged in used French oak for six months. Clean and fruity, this lower priced red ha ...Read More »
Filipa Pato, daughter of Luis, took the knowledge she learned from her iconoclastic father, and is applying towards making excellent wines in her own right in the same region. This blend of Bical and Arinto shows lovely peach and a somewhat nutty/honeyed flavors that finish dry, not unlike good Chenin Blanc. What separates this wine from many other similarly priced efforts is the texture - it is elegant and when combined with the wine's persistence makes for a delicious white for the money.
Produced from Baga and Touriga Nacional grapes from different vineyards in Beiras, Luis Pato's entry-level red is loaded with character and offers terrific value as well as some really distinctive, specific flavors. The Bairrada and Beiras regions are cool, and the climate is influenced by the Atlantic. Soils are composed of clay with interspersed limestone. There is an acidity and tannic structure that is quite different from the rich, ripe wines of its more famous, warmer, northerly neighbor, the Douro. Luis Pato is making some of the most interesting ... Read More »
94 points James Suckling: "A gorgeous tawny with dried figs, caramel, dried raisins and coffee beans. Full-bodied, sweet and delicious. This shows such length and beauty. I love the crème caramel and cooked apple tart on the finish. Some pecan pie. Crazy." (10/2015) 93 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 Wines of 2013* A complex and full-bore tawny, with deep, intense flavors of orange cream, glazed apricot, baked peach and roasted pineapple that are balanced by concentrated chocolate and toffee notes. The bright finish is filled with spice and supported by fresh acidity." (10/2013) K&L Notes: Graham's was founded in 1820 in... Read More »
Fresh strawberry, raspberry and citrius fruit flavors combine to make this rosé highly gulpable! It's fun and fruit forward, but with admirable cut and precision. One of our favorite cooperatives on the Iberian peninsula produces this lovely wine. Charcuterie, highest quality cured anchovies (Atlantic anchovies, of course!), cheeses and other snacks would all pair terrifically with this rosé. (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese & Spanish wine buyer)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine is rich, ripe and fruity with good acidity as well as a bite of spirit and old-wood aging. It is well balanced, keeping the freshness of a 10-Year-Old while also showing good signs of its wood aging. Just what a 10-Year-Old should be. (RV)" (12/2014) 90 points Wine Spectator: "This has a zesty, sweet floral aroma, with delicate, well-spiced flavors of apple tart, flan and cocoa powder. The plush, mouthfilling finish of cream, vanilla and raspberry is fresh and balanced. (KM)" (12/2010) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at John E. Fells portfolio tasting. This 10-Year Old tawny has a vibrant, citrus nos ...Read More »
Quinta do Romeu tends towards a lighter touch, with less oak and extraction than many of its peers. All of their plantings are massale selections. Their is a lot of quartz and granite on their organically cultivated property, which along with the very high elevation (some of the highest in the Douro) lends great freshness and elegance to their wines.
Hot new Vinho Verde region find! To be precise, this is actually labelled a Vinho Regional from the Minho; a wine can only be labelled Vinho Verde if it is 100% Alvarinho from the sub-zone of Melgaço, which this is not. Quinta do Regueiro makes great stuff though. Flavors of ripe yellow fruits show hints of ripe apple and red bananas - those delicious, sweet/tangy smaller bananas, not the regular ones we all grew up with. This is mineral as well, a touch smoky, just a delicious, textbook Alvarinho blend. (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese and Spanish wine buye... Read More »
Produced in the Portalegre area, which lies in the north of the Alentejo DO, this red wine has the delicious approachable fruit I expect from Alentejo, with lots of unexpected freshness as well. The granitic terroir here produces a savory wine with flavors of mixed berries, a plummy richness and terrific balance. Touriga Naciona, Trincadeira, Aragones and Alicante Boucschet. (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese & Spanish wine buyer)
96 points Decanter: "A troublesome vintage for many shippers, but Fonseca 1985 never fails to impress: tight-knit, dense and minty with a core of concentration and pure berry fruit. Succulent, wonderfully fresh and vibrant at 30 years old. Peacock’s tail of a finish. A real ‘wow’ of a wine that promises to last a lifetime. (RM)" (11/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of dried fig and dates beginning to emerge and add to the complexity. The ...Read More »
100 points Wine Spectator: "(1997 Wine of the Year & Cellar Selection) Hold on to your hat. This is the best Fonseca since 1977, and it's probably even better than that classic vintage--more like the breathtaking 1948. Mind-blowing, with masses of color, aroma and fruit flavor. Smells like fermenting berries, boasting loads of crushed grape, violet and berry character. Big, full-bodied and very sweet, with tons of tannins and a sweet finish. Tannic and huge, it's a long-term, great Port." (4/1997) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the most spectacular 1994s, this opaque purple-colored wine is an exotic, flambo ...Read More »
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium amber with a green rim. Aromas of burnt orange, tobacco, toffee and herbs, with a hint of potpourri adding an exotic component. Broader and deeper than the Charleston, offering sappy orange marmalade, chestnut honey and toffee flavors underscored by tangy acidity. Shows a sweet, nutty quality on the smoky, gently spicy finish. I like this wine's heft and thrust. (JR)" (6/2011) K&L Notes: These are the most affordable, representative examples of classic Madeira available. A collaboration between the importer and Barbeito's Ricardo Diogo Vasconcelos Freitas, th... Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Always great, this is softer, less intense than in the past. But there is still great richness, and power as well as smoothness, burnt caramel blending well with the spirit, and finishing with its inimitable fresh acidity. (RV)" (11/2007) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, smooth and polished, exhibiting an array of dried apricot, pear and guava flavors that are accented by plenty of apple wood smoke notes. The lush finish surges with mineral, along with hints of peat and ginger cream. (KM)" (12/2010) Jancis Robinson: "Lovely complexity of a 20 year old - citrus and nuts and still a sweetness of fruit. I ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, including 20% old vines. Winemakers Luis Pato and Francisco Montenegro. Darkish cherry. Lightly spiced and peppery dark, blackberry fruit, smells a little dusty, tastes dry and fresh with fine dark fruit. Cool, dry and pure-fruited. Mouthwatering and harmonious, lightish on the mid palate – making it very drinkable and with the tannins suggesting it would be a great supper wine." (12/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Tinto "Popa", with just Pôpa on the front, is a blend of Tinta Roriz (35%), Touriga Nacional (25%), Touriga Franc ...Read More »
Quinta do Crasto is one of the pioneering wineries in the Douro. Along with other "Douro boys" producers they have been working hard to focus on farming their single quintas and marketing themselves as well as their region as an area capable of producing delicious, distinctive wines. Rich, dark fruited aromas, with hints of candied violet and camphor, lead to a similar palate. which, in the relatively fresher 2013 vintage, also shows some crisp red fruits. This is a delicious Douro red to introduce anyone to the charm of the Douro valley.
Adega Cooperative de Monçao is a long running, well respected co-op in the area of Monçao and Melgaço. This 100% Alvarinho bottling shows rich stone fruits with very good purity and minerality. Soft, a bit frothy and delicious, this traditional Alvarinho-based Vinho Verde hits the spot.
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Late Bottled Vintage Port is an unfiltered blend of 55% Touriga Franca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Roriz, 5% Sousão and 5% Tinto Cão bottled in April, 2014. It comes in at 106 grams per liter of residual sugar. This opens sweet and luscious, with the considerable power lurking underneath. There are only hints of what is going to happen. Hold this puppy open for a couple of hours--or, better yet, try it the next day--and you'll see the lurking structure. It doesn't stint on intensity of flavor, though. The next day it is just beautiful, show ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "This is a big glass of young Port . It's got grip. Intense grapy, berry and violet aromas and flavors. Full bodied and medium-sweet with plenty of tannins and a fruity but tannic finish. Best after 2006. 3,000 cases made. (JS)" (2/1999) K&L Notes: Agua Alta is a single-quinta bottling which represents an important terroir for the Churchill estate. It would be included in the estate's vintage port in declared vintages, but is special enough to bottle separately in non-declared vintages.
Inventory: Redwood City
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* An elegant tawny, perfumed with soft tannins and a good edge of wood acidity and spirit. The wine is dry, densely flavored, tasting mature, showing a good balance between young sweetness and age, with everything well integrated. (RV)" (12/2008) 91 points Wine Spectator: "This has a bright aromas, with notes of lemon zest and flavors of apricot, peach tart and caramel. The long finish echoes the fresh fruit, with lots of butterscotch and nut notes. Drink now. (KM)" (12/2010) Jancis Robinson: "Much paler than the 10 Year Old, like the skin of Victoria plums. Gentle apricot aroma. This i ...Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. (RP)" (1/1989) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Medium ruby-red. Aromas of milk chocolate, plum, mint and violet. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness and lots of berry and cherry fruit. Very fruity and fresh. Long and lively. Delicious now, but w ...Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* 0 Dark in color, the wine has plenty of tangy tawny character. It is ripe, full and rich with caramel and spice flavors as well as acidity that is finely balanced. This is an attractive wine, ready to drink. (RV)" (10/2016) Wine Spectator: "This is layered with plush flavors of Christmas pudding, plum tart and raspberry, delivering details of caramel and dried berry, with plenty of buttery accents on the finish. (KM, Web-2015)"
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This rich wine is balanced and ripe, with spice, sweet sultana and raisin fruitiness and a light shot of acidity. The aftertaste brings out fresh red fruits that are cut by the spirit and acidity to leave a full feeling in the mouth. (RV)" (12/2014) 91 points Wine Spectator: "This is filled to the brim with rich dried fruit and spice flavors, including apricot and mango, with vibrant white chocolate and hazelnut notes. The finish is sumptuous. (KM)" (12/2010) K&L Notes: I think we have found a new favorite, not only in the 10-year Tawny category, but possibly in our entire fortified sweet wine c... Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "An old, mature wine, but one that has kept its ripeness and richness. The concentration is so intense that one glass is almost enough (except it tastes so good). There are walnuts, bitter chocolate and a delicious clean aftertaste. (RV)" (8/2006) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A savory style, fresh-tasting despite its age, with a concentrated array of dried apricot, pear, lavender and sage flavors supported by vibrant acidity. This is very citrusy, presenting a long, refined finish filled with mineral and allspice details. (Web Only—2013) (KM)" 92 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (10/2004) Jancis Robinson: "Very pale fo ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV 10 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2014 with 105.23 grams per liter of residual sugar. Easily the 10 with the most weight in the Fladgate group's lineup this issue, it is a rather powerful 10 year old Tawny with plenty of pop, the biggest and baddest of the trio (Fonseca, Croft and this). There is very fine concentration of flavor for a 10 year old Tawny. If I had a quibble, the alcohol shows at times, especially early on and rather notably when drunk a little too warm. (Around 60 degrees Fahrenheit is a lot better than room temperature most of ...Read More »
95 points Wine & Spirits: "People in Douro argue over the optimal age for a Tawny. As an outsider, it’s easy to know it when you taste it. There’s no mistaking the freshness in this wine, though it lives mysteriously in complete harmony with its aged character, provoking an immediate sense of pleasure (the yum response) followed by an extended moment of meditation. Are you tasting dried cherries? Smelling the scent of mushrooms in the forest? The fresh zest of an orange or the mineral sense of tannins turned to silk? Whatever that fragrant, delicate thing may be, it’s likely to ca ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Maritávora's White Port is a blend of selected young ports and composed of traditional varietals: Gouveio, Donzelinho, Viosinho and Malvasia Fina. After blending, the Port is aged in large oak vats called "tonels" to preserve the ripe and fresh fruit aromas and flavors. It is ready to drink now, and makes an excellent aperitif or digestive.
Inventory: Redwood City
Located in the drier Douro Superior, Quinta do Romeu is a family owned quinta that grows organically cultivated grapes and olives. Their wines are intense yet graceful; while they are certainly full of fruit they do not have quite the high impact in terms of extract and oak that perhaps define some others who are working hard to continue to put Portuguese red wines on the map. While 2012 was a very warm, dry vintage (even in the Douro where they are used to warm and dry), Quinta do Romeu managed to produce this lovely, brightly fruited red. It's a great ... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Muscular style. Closed and not giving much now, but this is a big, burly young Port with loads of violet and berry aromas and flavors and a seriously powerful backbone of tannin. Full-bodied. Long, mouthpuckering finish. Tannic attack. (JS)" (4/1998) K&L Notes: Agua Alta is a single-quinta bottling which represents an important terroir for the Churchill estate. It would be included in the estate's vintage port in declared vintages, but is special enough to bottle separately in non-declared vintages.
Quinta do Rio is a single-quinta bottling which represents an important terroir for the Churchill estate. It would be included in the estate's vintage port in declared vintages, but is special enough to bottle separately in non-declared vintages.
Inventory: Redwood City
91 points Wine & Spirits: "Light amber-tawny in color, this wine is delicately balanced between freshness and age. There’s brisk, tart peach flavor along with more mature tones of pale berries and woodsy mushrooms. Hints of tobacco smoke add to the wine’s elegance." (12/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Well-honed, with a touch of sweetness to the plush flavors of butterscotch, pear tart, almond and vanilla. Orange peel and dried ginger accents emerge on the seductively spicy finish." (9/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Restrained and delicately spiced on the nose. Tight and dense but still has a lightness of touch on the finish, which is ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Full, rich and on the dry side, this is loaded with ripe berry flavors, and it has a core of firm tannins and a touch of acidity. It finishes dry." (4/2013) Wine Spectator: "Features a tannic snap to the firm and chewy cola, beet root and wild berry flavors, with a note of underbrush on the finish. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: Ramos Pinto's non-vintage ruby is a blend of vintages aged in wood for six years or so, where it develops into a fruity, but rounded effort that offers unbelievable pleasure for the buck. Aromas include fig jam and black pepper. On the palate it is soft and juicy with ... Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* The sweetest and richest in the Historic series, the New York Malmsey unfolds slowly in the glass, gradually revealing layers of depth and flavor. Coffee, toffee and date notes emerge, followed by earthy, almost truffley flavors. Powerful and assertive on the long finish." (11/2006) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium amber. Powerfully scented bouquet combines cherry compote, cola, molasses, pipe tobacco and brown sugar. Lush and expansive in the mouth, offering sweet pit fruit and orange marmalade flavors and a deeper note of espresso. Clings tenaciously on the fini ...Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Slightly richer than the Charleston Sercial, the Boston Bual boasts knockout aromas of toasted nut oil, orange peel and hints of dark honey or maple syrup. Despite the extra weight and sweetness, it's not cloying at all the finish is mouthwatering and long. (JC)" (11/2006) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright amber. Deep aromas of cherry pit, candied orange, toffee and molasses, lifted by a note of dried rose. Chewy in texture, with dry-edged nut and burnt orange flavors, a touch of molasses sugar and good back-end grip. Quite sweet but the wine's acidity adds ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Branco Reserva Planalto (Casa Ferreirinha) is a white bargain even though it is a mass-market wine (about 125,000 cases). It is an unoaked blend of 35% Viosinho; 15% each of Malvasia Fina, Gouveio, Códega and Arinto; and 5% Moscatel. This shows good purity of fruit, a lovely, fresh feel, some viscosity and some precision. It hangs together well and drinks great. This is a very good vintage for it. (MS)" (8/2015) Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* A lush and spicy style, with plenty of buttery notes to the baked apple, pear and almond tart flavors. Shortbread accents sh ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "***Best Buy*** This is a friendly fruity wine that has a soft texture and bright acidity...with citrus and white fruit flavors that are so fresh. Drink now. (RV)" (2/2016) K&L Notes: Located in the UNESCO heritage site of Evora, Cartuxa is a fully functional farm. Grape growing and winemaking are just a few of the farming activities in which they engage. Their EA white shows rich yellow fruits with a creamy texture and terrific balance. Antao Vaz, Roupeiro and and Arinto grapes.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lucid dark ruby color, the Bin 27 has a sweet nose of raisin and fig, complemented by copious dark cherry and black plum. The palate is sweet and spicy on the entry with that fig motif continuing with plush dark chocolate infused black fruit. The finish is short and abrupt, but there is a lingering peppery note to keep customer satisfied. The Bin 27 forms a perfect introduction to the delights of Port. (NM)" (2/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "Full, rich and fruity wine, enticingly aromatic, with strawberry fruits and an easy, just tannic edge. The wine is soft, ripe, the fruits fin ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "A plush style, offering flavors of hazelnut, dried apricot and butterscotch, showing good complexity and length. The long finish is richly spiced and smoky, with vanilla and marzipan notes. Drink now. (KM)" (12/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "This has quite a bite with acidity and a strong cut of spirit. Flavors of dried raisins and sultana put it on the dry side of aged tawny. At the end, spice and the wood aging dominate this austere wine. (RV)" (12/2014)
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1983 Vintage Port is up for a status check. It is in a pretty good place now. It's been as hard as nails over the years. Not anymore. With softened tannins and a medley of old Port flavors on the finish, this is both sensual and delicious, with velvety texture and an irresistible finish. It doesn't have that hard edge any more, but it does wake up and become more intense with some air. At least from this bottle, it comes together rather promptly and drinks well. It's lacking just a bit of firmness, but its complex flavors and general demeanor make it ...Read More »
91 points James Suckling: "A balanced, fresh style of red with fine tannins, dark berries and hints of hazelnuts. Medium body, delicate tannins and a clean finish. A blend of grape varities from the region. Excellent value for an outstanding Douro red – a real deal." (10/2015) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Vertente is Niepoort's familiar Douro blend, sourced from a combination of younger (with Niepoort, that means about 25 years) and older vines. Startlingly open and expressive, this shows little sign of a problem in this difficult vintage. Exuberant and tasty, it also evolves into something more seriou ...Read More »
What a fantastic, lighter traditional red from this Vinoh Verde cooperative in Monçzo. A blend of Alvarelho, Pedal and Vinhao, this lovely light bodied red is fizzy, with pretty dark cherry fruit, damson and violet notes Dry, original and lovely red. 10.5% ABV
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This 2010 Garrafeira Quinta dos Bageiras is another gorgeous Garrafeira from Bageiras, produced only in what owner Mário Sérgio Alves Nuno believes are the best years. Sourced from very old vines (90+ years, said Mario), it was aged for 18 months in used 3000-liter Portuguese tonels. It has big everything: strong concentration of flavor, intensity on the finish, classic Baga nuances and plenty of acidity. This lets it all hang out, but it also works it out rather well. This wine is not for the shy; it is quite a mouthful. It could use a few more years in ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1985... shows aromas that border on overripeness and offers scents of plums and black cherries. Full-bodied, rich yet lush and soft, this husky wine had loads of concentration, a very sweet long finish and light tannins. (RP)" (1/1989) Wine Spectator: "This is evolving slightly more quickly than I expected, but there are still plenty of clean cherry notes on the nose and palate. Medium to deep ruby, with a slightly roasted-nut, cherry nose. Medium-bodied, with a well defined backbone and medium tannins. (Web Only—1998)" K&L Notes: 4 stars from Michael Broadbent: "Extremely good, ri... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Perfectly mature, this Port's tannins have softened over the past 40-plus years, leaving it lushly textured and displaying rich fig and chocolate flavors. Finishes long, picking up a touch of almond to go with the fig, flavors Symington calls -Dow’s hallmarks.- Drink now-2015, longer if you prefer very mature wines." (3/2008) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale brick colour with fragrant scents of mossy wood, potpourri, cinnamon and dried mulberry plus a whiff of espresso. A mature, well balanced Port comes through in the mouth with high acidity cutting through the lingering dried berry ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "'Black' is a new blend produced from classic varieties that do not make it into the Quinta do Noval vintage. There are ripe blackberries, tar, smoke and orange liqueur on the nose that takes time to open. The palate is medium-bodied, very sleek on the entry, fleshy black fruits, sloe, spice and just a hint of white pepper, leading to a very focused finish. Drink now-2020. Tasted April 2010. (NM-Wine Journal)" (3/2010) Jancis Robinson: "This is made from Quinta do Noval's younger vines. The back label urges us to serve it chilled as an aperitif or with dark chocolate at any ...Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "***Editors' Choice*** The Historic Series are simply great Madeiras at reasonable prices. The Charleston Sercial is the driest of the collection, offering nutty aromas tinged with honey, caramel and maple syrup. Dried figs, honey and candied citrus flavors mark the palate, which is wonderfully smooth. The long finish features racy yet balanced acidity. (JC)" (11/2006) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium amber. Gingerbread, orange zest, clove, blond tobacco and honey on the nose. Spicy citrus and poached pear flavors are lifted by zesty acidity and show a gentle smoky quality on the ba ...Read More »