Port first became popular when the English were at war with France and therefore couldn’t drink French wines. The English went in search of a new location to set up vineyards and the Duoro Valley in Portugal proved to be quite suitable. The vineyards are laid out along very steep hills, terraced to provide footing for the vines.
In the seafaring days when this occurred, something had to be done to wine to allow it to survive the long ocean journeys. The addition of brandy (grape spirits) allowed the wine to last longer and to be more resistant to temperature changes. Wines altered in this way are called “fortified wines.” Our unique Lynfred Ruby Reserve was made with Cabernet Sauvignon & Sangiovese wines, fortified with brandy from Fresno, California and blended from multiple vintages with a long aging in American oak barrels.
Blend: 85% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged: American oak, 42 months
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes
Color: brick red
Aroma: prune, raisin, licorice, chocolate, blackberry preserves, sweet cedar
Palate: maraschino cherry, prunes, vanilla, oak
Finish: smooth, sweet, velvety
Foods: brownies, crème brulee, truffles, figs & blue cheese
Notes: a great wine for cigars
Residual Sugar: 8.0%