We select only the best wines from the best years to be bottle
aged and handled as "vintage port." Intense fruit and spice, and
sufficient grape tannin are characteristics that allow for bottle
aging. The current offering, 2006, is an excellent example of
Sierra foothill terroir. Winemaker Michael Blaylock’s tasting notes
are as follows: smells of cherry vanilla cola, spirits, leather,
dried plums, green thistle, and anise. The taste is smooth and
velvety, but with brandy and grip, cardoon, and lingering tannins,
exotic notes of Fuyu persimmon; an aftertaste of Pink Lady
The 2006 Vintage Starboard was bottled in 2008 and it has spent
6+ years in its bottle, but this is just the beginning for this
wine. It will have a life of at least 25 years. You might want to
get a couple bottles: one to try now and some for the future
because the character continues to change, mellow, and reach
delicious new levels of complexity.
Starboard Vintage 2006 is made from Portuguese varieties Tinta
Cao, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Nacional
grown mostly in Amador County.
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2016
Top 100 Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2016
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