Ficklin Vineyards in Madera, Calif., has been making port from traditional Portuguese varietals since 1945. This year the winery received California State Fair’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Peter Ficklin has been named Winemaker of the Year by the Madera Vintners Association. We tasted some of Peter’s fine ports, perfect for ushering in the holiday season.
Ficklin Vineyards Old Vine Tinta Port (Madera, California); $17
Rich aroma of prune plums, raisins and Black Mission figs; lush flavor of lovely sweet dark fruit with notes of molasses, figs and prunes.
Ficklin Vineyards 10-year Tawny Port (Madera, California); $29
Nutty bourbon-like aroma with notes of cherry and caramelized sugar; rich crème brûlée on the palate with delicious chocolate-cherry notes.
Ficklin Vineyards 1996 Vintage Port (Madera, California); $39
Intense prune and molasses aroma with a touch of caramelized ginger; powerfully rich on the palate, with concentrated raisin and Black Mission fig flavors.
Prices may vary.