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CARM Casa Agricola Roboredo Madeira Grande Reserva 2013 (750 ml) CARM Casa Agricola Roboredo Madeira Grande Reserva 2013 (750 ml)

WA 92

The 2013 Grande Reserva is mostly a Touriga Nacional with 10% Touriga Franca and 5% Tinta Roriz added in. It was aged for 12 months in new French oak. This is the first big step up in dollars in CARM's red lineup this issue, a lineup that is chock full of values. What do you get for the extra bucks? The easy answer is the obvious one: structure and concentration. There is also more wood apparent, but the deeper mid-palate absorbs it well. Showing fine grip on the finish, although the tannins are controlled and not particularly hard, this is not quite as expressive as its less expensive siblings because it needs more time to develop. Overall, this has great potential, but it needs a little more time. Come back around 2019-2020 if you can. It certainly looks like a fine example of the brand.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

Our Price: $30.99
Jose Maria da Fonseca Domini Plus, Douro 2014 (750 ml) Jose Maria da Fonseca Domini Plus, Douro 2014 (750 ml)

WS 91, WE 90

Elegant and finely crafted, with a deep current of savoriness to the plum, dark currant and slate flavors, supported by ample acidity. Complex blueberry and pastry notes show midpalate, leading to a finish that lingers with dark chocolate and spice details. Drink now through 2020.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)

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Barao de Vilar Maynard's 30 Years Old Aged Tawny Port NV (750 ml) Barao de Vilar Maynard's 30 Years Old Aged Tawny Port NV (750 ml)

WA 92-93


The NV 30 Years Old Tawny Port Maynard's is a traditional blend with 111 grams per liter of residual sugar. It was bottled in 2016--in a rather odd bottle looking like a Mateus Rosé. The wine is a lot better than that, happily. This was the first release of this bottling with this presentation. A bit hard and a little harsh on the end, it evolves a bit in the glass and then shows off its best points--the amazing structure, the precision and focus. There still seemed to be just a touch of alcohol on the finish, a little too much brandy. It is dry and persistent, otherwise exceptional. In fairness to this bottling, it was only bottled the day before being seen--but since it was hand bottled just to show it to me, said Alvaro van Zeller, it was fine to present. Hence, this note.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Dow's Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Single Quinta Vintage Port 2015 (750 ml) Dow's Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Single Quinta Vintage Port 2015 (750 ml)

WA 93, WE 93, WS 91

The 2015 Quinta de Senhora da Ribeira, the Douro Superior quinta, is a blend of Touriga Franca 55%, Touriga Nacional 35% and Sousão 10%. It comes in at 98 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is a relatively big boy on first taste, showing good structure and a mouth-coating demeanor. The delicious flavors, laced with cherry-chocolate and some mint, make it enticing, not just well structured. This is a lovely single-quinta that should age pretty well and still be approachable young. As it sat and aired, it became a bit more mute. It did seem to come around very fast, and it was not quite as impressive as the initial tastes suggested. It is still pretty delicious and it should hold well through 2060.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)

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Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1975 (750 ml) Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1975 (750 ml)

WA 93


The 1975 Colheita Port (Feuerheerd’s) is a blend of 35% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Barroca, 15% Tinta Roriz and 15% Tinto Cão, coming in at 133 grams per liter of residual sugar. It is light, but lingering. While it is relatively light for its age, it still seems to have more concentration than the 1982, also reviewed, plus a sharper, more intense feel. That has some pros and cons. The acidity and the age lend this more complexity, but it does finish rather sharply, without quite the same sex appeal. Overall, it does the job. Here, as with most all Tawnies, it is important to drink this a bit cool. This is scheduled for release in September 2015.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

Our Price: $109.99
Taylor Fladgate Single Harvest Very Old 1964 Port (750 ml) Taylor Fladgate Single Harvest Very Old 1964 Port (750 ml)

WS 93

Smooth, spicy and still fresh, with a subtly unfolding array of candied ginger, dried apple, citrus zest and marzipan flavors supported by bright acidity. Finishes with hints of anise and juniper. Drink now. 150 cases imported.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2014)

Our Price: $248.99