Thursday, February 17, 2005

Heitz Cellars Port

Heitz Cellars, Ink Grade Vineyard Port NV ($31) -- Napa Valley, CA. This is a blending of classic Portuguese varieties, including Touriga National, Sauzao, Tinta Cao, Tinta Amarella, Tinta Madeira and Bastardo. I first tasted at a distributor wine event and ordered six bottles. Last Friday I re-tasted at a dinner party and enjoyed and this morning tasted again the remnants of the bottle. (I think Port is great after dinner, but think it is even better after breakfast!) Unlike a Vintage Port, this bottle seems to have held up well having been open for five days without gas or refridgeration. The nose is slight with dark fruit aromas and the flavors are smooth and pleasantly sweet. Not a huge finish, but good balance and structure. Now what's for lunch?


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