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Monday, December 5, 2016

Port in the Holiday Storm

In the weeks before Christmas as time was growing short
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, 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
ALCOHOL: 14.1%

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