A fantastic dessert wine from France. Montbazillac is known as a 'stunt double' for the much more expensive Sauternes. The rare "Madame" is only made in the finest of vintages and a tiny amount is produced - only 50 cases imported to the US.
99 Points Robert Parker: "The Cuvee Madame may be one of the two or three greatest sweet wines I have ever tasted. Only 20 cases of this wine, harvested grape by grape from five to six passes in the vineyard per day, were made from yields of 5 hectoliters per hectare (approximately one-fifth ton of fruit per acre). It tastes like the essence of orange marmalade infused with honey, and some flowery, fruit cocktail concoction. The wine boasts extraordinary purity, and exceptional sweetness, all buttressed by refreshing acidity. Aged in 100% new oak, the wine reveals no evidence of wood, no doubt because of its phenomenal extract. These wines will be nearly impossible to find, but I hope those few lucky enough to latch onto a few 500 ml bottles will lay some away and taste them against the greatest vintages of Chateau d'Yquem or Climens. An astonishing discovery!"
97 Points - limited
The 2003 vintage was phenomenal for the Port houses of Portugal and the Cockburn's is one of the highest-rated of the vintage. Limited.
97 Points Wine Spectator: “Fantastic aromas of blackberries and tar. Lightly stemmy, which is the sign of a great young Vintage Port. Full-bodied, with wonderfully integrated tannins and a lasting finish. Lots of plums and raspberries. The new 1927? Best after 2012. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.”
Napa Valley's Dolce Winery, owned by the folks at Far Niente, is the only winery in North America that is solely devoted to producing a single, late harvest wine. It is one of the few wineries in the world willing to make such a commitment, sharing a common philosophy with the great Sauternes producers of Bordeaux. 375ml "half bottle".
98 Points Wine Enthusiast: "With this wine, Dolce cements its status as California's most consistently great dessert wine. This year's blend is 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, and the grapes were infected with teh botrytis, resultikng in the fantastic sweetness. Devastating in apricot, orange, pear,honey, vanilla, and creme brulee flavors, in an unctuous, viscous texture, with wonderfully clean acidity, it's certainly one of the greatest sweet California wines in recent memory."
Matt Meyer, son of Silver Oak Cellars founder Justin Meyers, makes one of the tastiest California Ports made from old-vine zinfandel grapes.
The Meyer Family Port wine has a rich aroma redolent of peppery zinfandel, sweet oak and the fine brandy used to arrest its fermentation. The resulting "marriage" leaves a dessert wine of some 8% residual sugar with a comfortable alcohol by volume of 18%. The exquisite balance of fruit, oak, sugar and alcohol is soft on the palate and long and round in the finish. A perfect pairing with a variety of fine desserts, especially chocolate!
500 ml bottle
99 Points - limited
The highest score warded to any wine in the 2016 vintage! Limited.
The 2016 vintage was phenomenal for the Port houses of Portugal and the Sandeman's is one of the highest-rated of the vintage. Limited.
99 Points Wine Enthusiast: “This is a ripe and generous wine, with tannins that are well integrated into the powerful black-fruit core. It is rich in a black plum flavor that's cut by fine acidity. Complex, balanced and full of long-term potential, drink this impressive wine from 2029."
96 Points Wine Spectator "Cellar Selection": "Densely packed, with baker’s chocolate up front, followed by muscular black currant, fig and blackberry paste flavors. Shows brambly grip, with flashes of apple wood and Turkish coffee. Best from 2035 through 2055."