You know the type. The one that lingers in the distance, never drawing attention to itself because it doesn’t have to. It knows it’s great but doesn’t need to shout it to the world. It’s as if it’s always been and, really, it has. It’s rarely written about, never showcased in a glitzy email. But people know it’s good, it’s reliable and it’s special.
It’s Zinfandel Port.
This very special Ponte wine has been with us since the beginning, aging in shiny, midnight-black bottles and sealed with ebony wax. It is a 100% estate-grown, fortified wine, meaning our own Zinfandel grapes make up the wine before it is blended with brandy. Most people drink port after dinner as a dessert wine, although some enjoy it with a light meal of strong cheeses and nuts or as a counterpart to rich chocolate desserts. Our current 2009 vintage has an amazing array of flavors including dark chocolate, crushed blueberries, black currant and orange zest. Is it sweet? A little, but ruby ports are supposed to be a tad sweet. But don’t let that fool you, our port is also strong. At 18% alcohol, it really is the perfect wine for sipping at the end of a long day.
Some have asked us why we never put Zinfandel Port in our Wine Club Shipments. Truth is, this is a very bold wine. In our bi-monthly shipments, we try to include whites and reds that can be enjoyed with an array of foods; wines that one would typically sip socially with friends, or enjoy with dinner. Port isn’t necessarily that kind of wine. We think it is meant to be savored completely on its own or with your favorite indulgences…cheesecake anyone? Our Port has gained a loyal following and is as much a part of Ponte as the green barn that sits majestically in the middle of wine country. Ever noted that we’ve barely changed the label? We don’t need to. We know it will get noticed; it’s just a matter of waiting for the right person to come along and notice it.
If you haven’t tried our classic Zinfandel Port yet, do yourself a favor and give it a shot. We think you’ll see exactly why it continues to stand strong and proud, yet silent, on our tasting room shelves.
–Have you tried our Port? What did you think?