This 2009 Dessert Wine deserves to be called a fully fledged Port! Del Rio Syrah Port is made in Oregon’s southern Rogue Valley, between the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains. It was one of only four Ports offered by my local Safeway and was the first to require an actual wine opener (previously, I’ve used my thumb to punch open the cardboard!). It was also my first Port to use a new styled snifter, which possibly presented an unfair advantage over the competition, because you can’t help but stick both nostrils down into the snifter as you sip.
Plus, these adorable little snifters allow you to warm the Port, with your hands,
This particular Port is very full-bodied and deep in flavor. It’s made from near-black Syrah grapes; subsequently, it has a brief sharpness and an undeniable fruitiness, followed by veritable spices. The legs are thick and wide (if there is such a thing) and as the spices take leave, the warmth and tannin kick in.
At $16.47 for a small (375 ml) bottle, Del Rio Syrah Port was a bit spendy, but it turned out to be the perfect Port to experience with my new, adorable little snifters.
Del Rio Syrah Port: 4.0 Nostrils
Until next time, I am your doc in Port!