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Santa Barbara, CA
Jess - 3/5
We recently visited Fess Parker for a tasting while on a great wine trip in Santa Barbara, CA. I have just started investigating the world of port and had to try their Port Style Red Wine. It wasn't on the tasting menu for what we booked, but our Sommelier host was more than happy to grab us a taste after the hours (yes more than 1) that we spent asking questions about their wine & discussing favorite regions and varietals. I'm so glad we asked!
Why is this called "Port Style Wine" instead of just port?
The term “Port” is reserved only for the Portuguese who have produced the fortified wine for centuries. Anything not from Portugal, is required to be labeled as a “Port Style”, or some other variation. However, that doesn’t change the process or even necessarily the quality!
~ Fess Parker Wines
- Winery: Fess Parker, 100% Eli Parker's Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley
- Alcohol: 18.9%
- Varietal/Blend: 29% Touriga,Nacional 28% Souzoa, 22% Tinta Cao & 21% Alvarelhao
- Fermenting/Aging: 3-5 years in old port barrels
Twany in color with a little hint of ruby remaining, with a viscous, full body associated with port wines. Aromas of sweet, dark fruit and flavors of black cherries, raisins, and plums. Long, sweet, lingering finish.
The Traditions Port Style Red Wine is an excellent example of craftsmanship with a good structure and almost perfect level of sugar/brandy blend. It’s also more cost friendly than other ports that have been imported!
If you enjoy this as most people typically do, for dessert or a sweet treat, it would go nicely with a good quality vanilla ice cream or some dark chocolate. Although, there is no reason you couldn't just enjoy it all by itself!
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If you love Port as I do, you’ll love having a more cost effective option for regular consumption in this Port Style Red Wine!
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