Every once in a while, the stars align, and I'm able to accept one of the wine dinner invites that come into my inbox. When the promise is some great Portuguese wines paired by a Portuguese wine expert with Chris Cosentino's creative food at Cockscomb, I clear my calendar! All the Portuguese tastings that I have attended have always had some well aged surprise in the mix, and this was no exception. This dinner was hosted by the Port and Douro Wines Institute. There was also a large scale trade tasting that I could not attend due to schedule conflicts.
This was our sipping wine as we arrived and it's freshness and mineral salinity was balanced by a lovely verbena aroma. Delicious and affordable.
The white of the night for me, and it was perfectly paired with the Quail Tetrazzini with mushrooms, foie gras, fideos, and creme rouge. Very serious, but still very lively and fresh. Matched the depth of the foie gras beautifully. This comes in around $40.00 here in the U.S. Recommended
This is a concentrated, ristretto-kind of wine, very old vines and a field blend from 3 locations in the Douro. Around $40.00 U.S.
I loved this 40-year! I have had several 40-year Tawnys in recent years and they have all seemed a tad dried out to me. This still has some great sweetness and didn't taste raisin-like. I will look for this one! A treasure at around $150.00 U.S. if you can find it. Delicious with dessert, a Banana cream pie.
The mind-blower of the night. Our hosted whispered to me that this was coming later, and I was anticipating this all evening. And it was worth the wait. Incredibly lively for a wine 69 years old! I was told it was bottled in 2014, which makes me even more surprised how vibrant this wine was. Aged tawny ports, marked Colhieta (Portuguese for Harvest), are always some of my favorite things. This bottle had heady caramel aromas and vivid acidity. Highly recommended.