Style: Ruby Port
Producer: Warre’s (Symington Family, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)
For those who don’t know, ports are wines from portugal that are “fortified”. They are allowed to ferment for a short time, then when the wine still has much of its sugar, brandy is added to kill the yeast and end fermentation. This allows for a wine that is both high in alcohol and sweet.
Color: deep burgundy
Nose: blackberry jam, alcohol, black truffle
Palate: strawberries macerated in brandy, medium-heavy body, wild mushrooms
Finish: earthy, slow, with the slight gamy tang of wild blackberries
Parting words: The last port I bought was Graham’s Six Grapes which was quite tasty, but this is another beast entirely. Warrior is an apt name. Its earthy complexity makes it a force to be reckoned with.