Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for December 18, 2023

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I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.

They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), so you can get right to the point and decide if they’re for you (or not). Cheers!

  • 2019 Chicharo Tinto (Tejo): Extremely pretty, but with a wild side (as in, wild herbs and wild berries). $NA B+
  • 2015 Dom Bella Cabernet Franc (Dao): CF takes a Portuguese holiday and finds the climate more than suitable to its constitution. $NA A-
  • 2020 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas (Baga): Pepper, wild berries, delight, and a sense of elegance. $35 A-
  • 2012 Villa Oeiras Vinho Generoso (Carcavelos): Amped up everything, from the silky texture to the salinity to the lip-smacking sweetness. $75 A-
  • NV Taylor Fladgate Golden Age 50 Year Very Old Tawny Port (Portugal): The proof is in the pudding, and this baby has got *all* the sticky pudding. $300 A
  • 2009 Quevedo Colheita White Port (Portugal): Prof that these guys will try anything and most likely succeed spectacularly at it. Wow. This category is going to get some attention soon with how deep and deceptively complex it’s proving to be… $NA A-
  • 1976 Quevedo Colheita Port (Portugal): Golden toffee decked out in regal splendor. $NA A
  • 1997 Quevedo Colheita Port (Portugal): It wasn’t just awesome music and fun reality TV that the `90s produced at high, addictive-levels of quality. $NA A-
  • NV Quevedo Crusted Port (Portugal): You’ll be feeling a bit crusty when the bottle is finally emptied. $NA A-
  • NV Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Muscat (Rutherglen): Hard-to-put-down melange of caramel and rum raisin. $16 B+
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