Taylor-Fladgate Fine ruby Porto wine review by (PB)
You just have to love port wine! But before I go any further please don’t confuse a wine labeled as “port” especially from California, with the “real deal” which is from Portugal and labeled “Porto" or “O’Porto.” California ports have a greater resemblance to cough syrup than anything potable with one rare exception and that is port made by Ficklin Vineyards. The only time I have seen this wine though in the last decade or so has been when I was visiting California but I digress…
This inexpensive porto ($12) is a pretty ruby with a dazzling bouquet of deep fudge with a nose of prunes and dark berries.
In the mouth it is sweet—of course—with cocoa hints and fruit that is shallow. It has a short finish for a port which tends to hang on for a long time. For the Price, I like it better than, say, Cockburn’s Ruby porto, another widely accessible port. At any rate, this will sip nicely and keep easily for 2-3 weeks and probably longer. Raise a glass by a fireside and try it with chocolate, or strawberries.