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White - Fortified

1977 H.M. Borges Madeira Boal

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2/4/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 87 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Whoa – there is some serious volatile acidity on this nose, with sharp polished wood, a bit intense. Luckily, the palate is quite balanced despite the assertive nature of the VA. Coffee, almond cake, chocolate and orange peels like crazy. Despite the way these notes may come across, I actually really liked this wine, but it’s definitely brash and a bit abrasive. The only wine in this lineup that seemed a bit out of place.

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White - Fortified

1990 H.M. Borges Madeira Sercial

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2/4/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 93 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Lovely aromas of sea salt, ginger, delicate flowers, smashed seashells. Bright and precise on the palate with rocking acidity. Gorgeous fruit (apricot, dried mango, candied lemon peel) along with cut flowers and bright sea salt. So long and bright.

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White - Fortified

NV H.M. Borges Madeira Verdelho 15 Years

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2/4/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 92 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Aromas of orange peel, candied lemons, salted almonds, ginger and a sense of lovely floral complexity. So bright and zesty on the palate, the richness is masked by the crisp acidity. Lovely complexity of the tropical fruits, honey, almond, sea salt. Intense but elegant. One taster said “Wowza!” – the rest of us agreed.

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White - Fortified

NV H.M. Borges Madeira Boal 10 Years Old Reserve

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2/4/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 91 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Aromas of sweet caramel, dates and deep floral notes. Rich and powerful but it has a lingering tartness. Orange peel, baked apple, caramel, salted almonds. Very distinctive, sweet but powerful acidity. Wonderful balance. One of the best 10-Years I've tasted.

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White - Fortified

NV H.M. Borges Madeira Reserve 5 Years Old

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2/4/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 86 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Smells of brown sugar, caramel and yellow flowers. Nice tartness on the palate, a juicy wine with some tasty tropical elements. Fresh salty kick accents the sweet corn and brown sugar flavors.

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White - Fortified

1894 Henriques & Henriques Madeira "Founder's Solera"

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 97 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): One of my favorite wines of the trip. What a stunner. Aromatically, I get old leather, cigar lounge, brown sugar, musk, eucalyptus and floral potpourri. Full and so complex but the brightness is incredible. Flavors of musk, leather, library dust, clove, cinnamon and coffee. But it's still so vibrant with these elements of orange marmalade, cocoa and white flowers. So long and pure. Whoa.

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Red - Fortified

NV Henriques & Henriques Madeira Tinta Negra 50 Year Old

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 96 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): What a stunner of a wine. Such complexity, such elegance, such depth. The flavors are superb, as is the balance. A real "wow" kind of wine.

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White - Fortified

NV Henriques & Henriques Madeira Terrantez 20 Years Old

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 90 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Aromas of almonds, orange peel and some oily, waxy, polish notes. Complex and spicy with tart acidity. Orange and lemon peel mix with honey, clove and spiced tea. Acid lingers on the tart finish.

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White - Fortified

NV Henriques & Henriques Madeira Malvasia 20 Years Old

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 94 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Smooth, rich, spicy, velvety, full of complex flavors. Gorgeous stuff.

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White - Fortified

NV Henriques & Henriques Madeira Malmsey 15 Years Old

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 90 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Nose of orange marmalade, brown sugar, Sweet and rich but stays bright and salty. Complexity is quite nice, and there’s a shot of salty, nutty complexity that keeps the wine elegant despite the richness.

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White - Fortified

1957 Henriques & Henriques Madeira Boal

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 93 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Smells like an old furniture oiling rag, complete with that lemony, varnish scent but also lots of floral perfume, nougat and honey. Rich texture and sweetness but lovely acid. Smooth, complex, laced with flavors or orange rind, dried wax, lemon oil. So good.

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White - Fortified

2000 Henriques & Henriques Madeira Boal Single Harvest

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 88 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): On the nose: sweet honey, dried apricots, spiced tea. Rich and tropical with lots of honey, dates, sweet flowers. Rich but a more reserved style Bual.

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White - Fortified

NV Henriques & Henriques Madeira Verdelho 20 Years Old

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 91 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Deep, complex aromas of almond, apricot, honey, candied lemon and sea salt. Juicy on the palate, full of dried, tropical fruits, orange marmalade, honeycomb, spiced tea and dried flowers. Ripping acidity, sea salt, complex nutty elements. Lots going on here.

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White - Fortified

NV Henriques & Henriques Madeira Verdelho 15 Years Old

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 87 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Smells like tropical, glazed fruits (a whole lot of them). Sweet pineapple, glazed pears, canned peaches, honey. Good stuff, but I was expecting to like this more than I did.

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White - Fortified

1971 Henriques & Henriques Madeira Sercial

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 92 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Nose: floral perfume, eucalyptus and cigar box. Acid is high but integrated well. Candied lemon, ginger, white tea, crusty sea salt, almond shell. Wow, there is a lot going on here but it’s held together incredibly well.

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White - Fortified

2001 Henriques & Henriques Madeira Sercial Single Harvest

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 89 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Almond, clover and fresh flowers on the nose. Brisk and fresh, salty and briny, a lovely texture but so much brightness and generous acid. Lemon, orange peel, almond, chalky notes. Well done.

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Red - Fortified

1998 Henriques & Henriques Madeira Tinta Negra Mole Single Harvest Fine Rich Madeira

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 89 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): More floral than the 97. Smooth and velvety on the palate with orange marmalade, honey, caramel and cigar smoke. Subtle complexity in here. Unlike the 97, this is not aged in Cognac barrels.

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Red - Fortified

1997 Henriques & Henriques Madeira Tinta Negra Mole Single Harvest Fine Rich Madeira

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 90 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Smells of cognac, honey, spiced tea and old wood furniture. Full and smooth on the palate, this is nutty, long and elegant. Aged in Cognac barrels. Very cool stuff.

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White - Fortified

NV Henriques & Henriques Madeira Full Rich

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 83 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Smells of brown sugar, honey and hot oil. Creamy, sweet and sugary with flavors of caramel and sweet plum cake. A decent entry-level wine.83

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Red - Fortified

NV Henriques & Henriques Madeira Monte Seco

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 85 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Smells dry and highly oxidized, lots of salted nuts. So tart on the palate with bright lemon, salted lime and some white peach, along with salted nuts. Not very complicated, but fun, innovative stuff.

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White

2014 Palmeira Madeirense Evottas

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: NR

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Smells of sea salt, oyster shells and white pepper and a strange combination of creamy/oaky elements. Tart acid on the palate but creamy texture from the oak. I gotta say, the severe amount of oyster shell, sea brine and saline doesn't really jive with this toasted barrel and almond stuff going on. There are some flinty, smashed rock elements, but they're not really compatible with this oak. Underlying fruit is quality, but masked. I'm not sure oak is the answer for these still white Madeira wines. I really liked a lot of other ones, but this one's out of whack. Nice try. This is still a relatively new experiment. A blend of Arnsburger, Malvasia Fina and Verdelho

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2013 Beijo Madeirense

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 87 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Juicy ruby color. Smells of smoky plums and currant compote, along with some roasted red pepper and cracked black pepper. Fleshy with dusty tannins but so tart and fresh. Vibrant, crunchy red berries mixed with anise, pepper and earthy tones. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca.

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White - Fortified

NV Blandy's Madeira Verdelho 5 Years Old

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 86 points

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Paired nicely with foie gras and drunk pears in red wine.

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2014 Terras do Avô Madeirense Verdelho

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: NR

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Similar notes to before. A bit of bitterness on the finish this time though.

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White - Sparkling

NV Quinta Do Ortigao Bairrada Espumante Baga Branco

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2/3/2016 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: NR

Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Gold/copper color. Bright aromatics. A chalky, precise mouthfeel but complex and shows a creamy body. White cherries and wild strawberry with a slight peppery kick. Interesting stuff. Never had a sparkling Baga before!

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