This "port" is made from traditional Portuguese grapes, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Madiera, in the traditional Portuguese manner. The age of the vineyard shows in the richly developed and flavorful fruit. This wine shows a rich array of plum, cherry, tobacco, and leather. The richness is mouth-filling and the finish shows hints of hazelnut and dark chocolate and goes on forever and ever. To be enjoyed alone, with a fine cigar, or for a delicious dessert, drizzle some over some vanilla ice cream. Ice cream never tasted so good! Bottle size: 375ml; 12 bottles/case
Vineyards: Madera, California
To get the best fruit for a port wine, you go where the climate and the soils are just right. For our Fortissimo "Port" Dessert Wine, that meant going to Madera, CA and the venerable vineyards of the Ficklin family. The vineyards are 65 years old and was planted in December of 1945. The climate of the Central Valley very closely mimics the grwoing conditions in Portugal's Duoro Valley, the cradle of great ports.
The Wine: The fruit was harvested in late September, hand sorted and crushed and fermented. When the residual sugar dropped to about 10%, un-aged high proof brandy was added to arredt fermentation. The brandy is 179 proof and thus increases the alcohol from 13.5% to 18.9%. The sweetness from the residual sugar masks any alcohol and the two provide balance and depth to each other.
Gold Medal - 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition