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2005 marks our fifth vintage of Port from our Estate Mistral Vineyard in southern Santa Clara County. Traditional Portuguese varietals—Touriga National, Tinta Cao and Tinta Madeira—are co-fermented, producing […]Read More
|Barrel Description||100% 3+ year-old|
|Barrel Aged||55 months|
2005 marks our fifth vintage of Port from our Estate Mistral Vineyard in southern Santa Clara County. Traditional Portuguese varietals—Touriga National, Tinta Cao and Tinta Madeira—are co-fermented, producing a very complex wine. The aromas of boysenberry jam, dark chocolate, thyme, dried basil, fresh white figs, and espresso filled my glass. The tannins are rich and powerful, but provide great balance on the palate. Flavors give you hints of dark berry fruits, dried licorice, spices and a very pungent finish. This Port was fortified from special “port style” spirits, made exclusively for Williams Selyem by the alembic stills of Hubert Germain-Robin of Alambic, Inc. in Ukiah, California. Our Port was aged in neutral François Frères oak barrels and only four barrels were produced.
Following a labor-intensive growing season due to early spring rains, a cool summer and mild fall weather extended the ripening season in 2005. This long, slow maturation period permitted flavors and color to develop to high levels, and the absence of weather threats or temperature extremes allowed fruit to be picked at optimum ripeness. The fruit quality was extremely high, contributing to balanced and elegant wines with concentrated flavors and intense color.