93pointsTerra d'Oro NV Zinfandel Port (Amador County)

Editors' Choice

The first duty of a Port-style wine is to be dazzlingly rich and sweet yet balanced in acidity, and this bottling is all that. Waves of blackberry jam, cassis and dark chocolate are brightened with zesty acidity, and the sweetness level is very high.

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  • Alcohol
    19%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    Port/Sherry
  • Date Published
    12/31/2010
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User Reviews

By Oliverschlemsog

I have no idea where the 93 points are coming from, but this tastes like a velvet painting of an overweight, fat Elvis Presley in 1975, wearing a bedazzled jumpsuit. It is a shadow of what Port Wine is supposed to be. Call me a snob, but shame on me for buying a port wine that is not from Oporto.

- (01-21-2019) - 93

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