California Port

Meyer Family California Port nv
This wine was described by one of the students as tasting like a ‘rum raisin chocolate bar’.  I can’t improve on that.  This wine has complexity, some palpable alcohol as in these wines from the Douro and the silky texture of a fine tawny, with a more youthful appearance.

I recently shared a passionate discussion of the world’s great dessert wines when I met Matt Meyer at Wine Song in Mendocino. He has visited great producers of dessert wine around the world and applies his knowledge from these far away benchmarks to make a special port, which is mostly Zin treated to a modified Solera System.

Matt said that they started the process in 1987 with the Portuguese grape Touriga Nacional. Each year they blend in the newest wines, mostly from old vine Zin in Lodi, thereby capturing the complexity of older aged tawny with the freshness of vintage port. C&B in Oakville 18% $29.95 for a 500ml at Traverso’s Meyer Family

Christopher Creek Russian River Petite Sirah Port 2004
Inky appearance, quite noticeable alcohol and loads of tannin. 18% alcohol. This is a bottle from my cellar. The current release on offer at the winery is 8% RS, $26 – 375ml bottle at the winery Christopher Creek

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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