Thursday, May 18, 2006

TN: 2001 Pedroncelli Vintage Port "Four Grapes", Dry Creek Valley

From Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma. $13.99/500ml. 19% alcohol content .

Made from 4 types of grape: Tinta Madeira, Souazo, Touriga and Tinta Cao. All port wine varieties grown locally in Sonoma.

Inky purple color and thick. This is a wonderful juice for such a bargain! Why haven't I had this before? Powerful fruits, consisting of blackcurrant/cassis, blue and black berries, framed with plenty of beautiful oak. This somehow reminds me of a top notch Californian cabernet sauvignon (Beringer Private Reserve?) on steroid. It has a firm tannic backbone that, in my opinion, will allow it to age for many more years! Yet it swallows down silky smooth. Bitter chocolate / coffee aftertaste that lasts for 20+ secs.

==== / 5 (Very good!)

Will definitely go back to the store and get at least 3 more bottles!

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