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Starboard Batch 88 375ml

Starboard Batch 88 375ml
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Batch 88 is an easy drinking port-style wine with ripe fruit and nutty elements, that place it somewhere between a ruby and a tawny. It is warm, smooth and rich with a chocolate raisin character. Delightfully warming by itself, Batch 88 also pairs well with cheeses or with chocolates.

Why do we call our “port” Starboard?

Port is a geographic term for fortified wines that come from the Douro River Valley in Portugal. Starboard, the nautical term for right, (as opposed to port – left) is unique to our place, the San Joaquin Valley, California, on the other side of the world from Portugal.

We use the same grape varieties and similar methods as in the Douro, but our climate is warmer and the soils different. Instead of 140 proof fortifying brandy, we use a neutral grape spirit of 190 proof. We use 60 gallon barrels instead of the 140 gallon pipes used in Portugal. Starboard matures earlier and has a riper more voluptuous flavor.

The grapes in Batch 88 are primarily Tinta Roriz. The vineyard is managed to give loose bunches and a small crop. Several different vintages aged an average of five years are used in the blend. In the port business this type of blend is called “Vintage Character.” The first year we made wine in this style was 1988, thus the nickname Batch 88.

This fortified wine is made in a port style by a California producer who has mastered the craft of fermenting Portuguese grape varieties over several decades. It is sweet and fortified, but also elegant, well balanced and not cloying. Nicely concentrated plum and chocolate flavors lead to a vivid lingering finish.

— Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2016
Made from traditional Portuguese varieties, this is one of the best California Port-style wines out there, which is no surprise coming as it does from sweet wine specialist Quady. It’s tremendously rich and sweet in chocolate truffle and blackberry-infused flavors, with near perfet acidity and tanins for balance. A great success at a good price for a full, not a half bottle.

— Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Something rare in the world of port – a lot of bang for your buck.


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Editors Choice 2016 - Wine Enthusiast Magazine Double Gold 2017 - SF Chronicle Wine Competition

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Chris's Gravatar
(Apr 22, 2020 at 7:03 PM)
Have yet to find a domestic Port from another winery better than what Quady Winery has produced.

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