Bottled in 2008, the Starboard Vintage 2006 has been in its bottle for just nine years. Already 11 years old, it is deliciously fruity with enough tannin to keep for another ten years or so. Enjoy it now, until 2024.
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 apple.
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.
Maturation in bottle as opposed to barrel results in wines that better retain the fruit flavors from the grapes. As the 2006 Starboard Vintage bottle ages it will continue to reach delicious new levels of complexity.
2006 Starboard Vintage is made from Portuguese varieties Tinta Cao, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Nacional grown mostly in Amador County and also in Madera County.
Portuguese varieties planted in the foothills in California have brighter fruit flavors than their counterparts in Portugal due to the differences in climate. As a result, our Starboard port style wines resemble Portuguese Ports, but have a character all their own, distinctive to their region.