Portworks Maduro Reserve Tawny Port Clarksburg California

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Portworks Maduro Reserve Tawny Port Clarksburg California

The grapes for this hand (and foot)-crafted port were grown in the Clarksburg area along the Northern Sacramento River. Our grower, the Heringer family, has been farming their land for six generations and they deliver beautiful fruit to our cellar year after year.

As with all out ports, once the grapes arrive at our cellar, we handle them with the same care as the Heringers. We don't add sulfites, allowing the native yeasts to carry the fermentation. The grapes are moved through the port-making process by hand and pressed, uniquely, by foot. Our fortifying spirit for Maduro was produced for us by our neighbor, Stillwater Spirits, and aged in wood for two years.

Appellation: Clarksburg, CA
Grape Variety: 100% Petite Sirah
Vintage: 2005
Fortification: 165 proof solar-aged spirit (aged 2 years)
Port Aging: 8.5 years in neutral oak, 2.5 years in stainless steel
Final RS: 8.0%
Final Alcohol: 20%

Our Maduro Reserve has a classic tawny appearance. On the palate, it shows intense, rich flavors of caramel and toffee. The finish is long and lingering, with hints of buttered toast.

94pts - Chris Sawyer "Sommelier to the Stars"

"Unlike the classic styles of “vintage,” “late bottled vintage” and “ruby” ports that are based around capturing the ripe, fruit-forward flavors of the grapes and softening them out with more time in the bottle; tawny ports are matured for an extended amount of time in wooden barrels or casks to slowly build layers of complex flavors, smooth texture, and personality that make them user-friendly and approachable upon release.

In Petaluma, California, specialized portmaker Bill Reading of Sonoma Portworks kept these thoughts in mind when he began developing his family’s signature style of Maduro Reserve Tawny Port, a limited release wine sold under the family label that he and his wife Caryn started two decades ago.

Made exclusively with ultra-premium Petit Sirah grapes. The new release of Batch 2 of the Maduro Reserve is aged in neutral oak barrels for 11 years and topped off with younger vintages annually to add more complex flavors as the wine matures in wood. The wine was fortified with a spirit made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that were distilled in a copper Armagnac still, and aged in oak for up to 36 months.

With a brilliant amber hue, this new release of the Maduro Reserve opens up with seductive aromas of ripe red and black fruits, fresh marmalade, buttered toffee, wild mushrooms and candied pecans. On the palate, the deep, rich and concentrated flavors of ripe plum, roasted figs and caramel-dipped red apple are further enhanced with lively hints of fresh quince, citrus zest, cinnamon and nutmeg; a silky texture; and a memorable finish that is long, luscious and smooth. Graceful, lengthy and a pleasure to sip, this elegant and sophisticated style of port can give well-known producers from the Old World a run for their money. Lip-smacking good, true tawny craftsmanship at its finest.

Suggested pairings: Hard and salty cheeses like Aged Gouda or Spanish Manchego served with spiced nuts and fresh honey; Crème Brulée; Pear Frangipane; Pecan Pie; Caramelized Onion Tart."

SRP: $48 Bottle / $576 Case