When the day has been long and hectic, with many challenges and interruptions, I’ll grab a cordial of Port wine such as this Ficklin Vineyards 10 Year Tawny Port. When the weather is nice, I’ll sit on my patio and slowly sip this delight and just let the rest of the day melt away.
Ficklin Vineyards 10 Year Tawny Port
Ficklin Vineyards 10 Year Tawny Port is one of our favorites. We always have it on hand for an immediate escape. It’s a very pleasant way to end the day.
Ficklin Vineyards, founded in 1946 by Walter and Mame Ficklin, is America’s oldest Port winery. It all started in 1918 when Walter first bought the property in a remote area of Madera County, California. They started out growing fruit and raisins. The family’s interest in cultivating wine grapes came in the mid-1930s when the University of California at Davis started testing various wine grape varieties, especially the ones used in the Portuguese premium dessert wines. The San Joaquin Valley, where Madera is located, showed great promise for the propagation of these Portuguese varietals. That’s when Walter Ficklin became interested in growing wine grapes.
In 1946 the Ficklin family made the move to produce wine, not just any wine, but only fine Port wines using the very same tradition as that of the Portugal’s Duoro Valley with the very same Portuguese wine grape varietals. From the start, the family made the decision to remain small to allow for more individual attention to all the steps that were needed to produce the finest Port wine possible. That decision has paid off; they are now being credited with some of the highest quality award winning Port wines in the US.
The Ficklin Vineyards 10 year Tawny Port, along with a select group of barrels set aside for their 20-Year-Old Tawny Port, is a relatively new addition to their wine production, and I am grateful for it.
This is what the winemaker has to say about their Ficklin Vineyards 10 Year Tawny Port:
“Nutty bourbon-like aroma with notes of cherry and caramelized sugar; rich crème brûlée on the palate with delicious chocolate-cherry notes. Deep amber color with powerful, rich aromas of coffee, toffee, caramel and vanilla; lush and full with intensely powerful flavors of figs, dried peaches and apricots.”
You can find this indulgence on their website, winechateau.com, amazon.com, and any good wine purveyor. Enjoy.
If you enjoy a great Tawny Port, then this Ficklin Vineyards 10 Year Tawny Port is a Port wine you most definitely must try and soon. I greatly enjoy this Tawny Port wine all by itself. When I want an extra special treat, I’ll accompany this wine with a nice blue cheese with some walnuts on a crostini. Yum!