I searched high and low for a great holiday Port.
One that would be true, as clear as a bell
From Paso Robles comes this holiday Noel.
I could go on, but let’s not belabor the poetry. Each holiday season winemaker Steve Glossner of PASOPORT WINE COMPANY creates Noel, typically a blend of young and mature barrel aged ports consisting of Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao and a touch of Chenin Blanc, though there are variations to this. There is a freshness about this port; it offers sweet rhubarb, red raspberry, crisp baked apple, candied blackberry, caramelized cedar, sugared plum, and the kind of easy drinkability that you want in a holiday port. There is no overt sweetness and it doesn’t linger like a sticky wicket on your tongue. That doesn’t mean it’s lacking, in fact there is a complexity and richness to it making it a very enjoyable wine to sip. Available at the winery in Paso Robles, or, yes, at my wine department in MONTECITO, it always sells out so you’ve been put on notice! So get a fire going, grab your sweetheart, put on a classic Christmas film and soak in the goodness of this terrific little number.
ORIGIN: Paso Robles, California
PRICE: $45, 500/ML
BOOZEHOUNDZ SCORE: 90 POINTS