I had never had Port until I visited Clautiere Vineyards in Paso Robles. The winery’s tasting room is all about transporting you to a magical place of whimsy and they pull it off–especially with the secondary hat room. You’ve got to see these photos of me sporting the classiest of caps:
Now that I’ve embarrassed myself, let’s talk about the wine. I popped the port open this evening because I decided on a whim to make baked apples inspired by my late Bubbe and after drizzling the luscious dark purple liquid onto the bright green Granny Smith apples (how appropriate), I decided to pour myself a glass. I promise, I’ll share the recipe in an upcoming post.
It’s been quite some time since I tried the libation in the Alice in Wonderland meets Marie Antoinette tasting room. After twisting off the cork, you see the deep purple stain on its edge and cocoa and alcohol scents swirl up towards your nose.
It tastes like Black Forest cake and cream, which gives it a semi-syrupy feel on your tongue. By the time it hits the back of your throat, you feel the warm tingle. This baby’s alcohol content is 19.2%, I think the highest I’ve ever had in a wine!
Ports are typically sweet and strong and this one has the classic tenets.
Nuts and Bolts
- Winery: Clautiere
- Type: Port
- Origin: Paso Robles
- Vintage: 2005
- Price: $22
- Alcohol content: 19.2% (!!!)
- When to drink: Sit down for dessert, preferably a chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting and coconut shavings, and pour a glass of this port into one of those Bohemian, crystal Czech glasses before you sit down for an after-dinner game of Gin Rummy.