Cellar Notes: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo 2008

The Amorim family’s fortune had its beginnings among the rambling port lodges that line the hillsides above the Douro River in Porto, but the family did not amass its wealth by making Portugal’s famous fortified wine; rather, its members were engaged in the less glamorous business of manufacturing cork stoppers. Their success, however, later enabled […]

Avignonesi 1997 Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice

Due to its richness, layers of luscious and complementary flavors, and impeccable balance, this sweet Tuscan dessert wine has been declared by some the Chateau d’Yquem of Italy. Vin Santo, however, differs in its profile, which highlights flavors of unctuous caramel, fig, raisin, and sun-dried wildflower.

Dolce 2006 Late Harvest Napa Valley

A beautifully sweet late-harvest Sémillon-based dessert wine grown in foggy Coombsville and aged for 30 months, this California sauterne rivals Chateau d’Yquem with its flavors of fig, tapioca, passion fruit, and orange peel.

Avignonesi 1994 Vin Santo di Toscana Occhio di Pernice

Tasting notes: Shows bright prune and dried apricot with luscious sweetness, racy acidity, and incredible length. Luxurious texture with amazing depth and unbelievable intensity. Worth knowing: The name of this rich dessert wine, which is a darker version of vin santo made with the prugnolo gentile grape, means “eye of the partridge,” an allusion to […]

Royal Tokaji 1999 Essencia

Tasting notes: Amber in color, filled with the flavors of rich honey and creamy vanilla. Worth knowing: In 1989, British wine writer Hugh Johnson and friends decided to revive and restore to glory the Hungarian wine once revered by monarchs such as Louis XIV and Catherine the Great. Of the many excellent wines from their […]

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