White - Fortified

N.V. Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito) Madeira Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Special Reserve

Verdelho

  • Portugal
  • Madeira
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Community Tasting Notes 32

  • Ombibulous Likes this wine: (91 points)

    November 27, 2016 - This bottle has the guaranty seal of the Instituto do Venho do Bordado e do Artesanato da Madaira. Per the bottle, in the 18th and 19th centuries, Madeira was the United States' most prestigious wine, shipped to connoisseurs in major seaports from New Orleans to Boston. Savannah was one of the great "Madeira cities," and the wines that entered its port depended heavily on Verdelho for their character. They were dry to semi-dry, with round, nutty flavours and fresh acidity. Savannah Verdelho celebrates this style and pairs well with soups and cheeses. Vinhos Barbeito is located in Cámara de Lobos, on the island of Madeira. 19.5%. $50. Depicted on the front label is the Branch Bank of the United States, 1822, located in Savannah and built in the Greek revival style by William Jay, who worked in Savannah from 1817 to 1823 before returning to his native England.

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  • rmalloy Likes this wine: (90 points)

    June 22, 2016 - Unusually high acidity. Very lively. Pretty raspberry liqueur. Raisins. Singed citrus peel; really smoky. Peanuts and caramel. The finish is exceptionally long and bright. I felt this wine came together and improved substantially with a few days of air.

    It's interesting to smell the empty glass of a wine like this. I smell raisins and tobacco.

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  • isaacjamesbaker wrote: (90 points)

    February 3, 2016 - Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Orange and golden brown colored. Smooth honey and apricot jam aromas. Full and smooth on the palate, a lovely rich style but fresh acid keeps it together. Apricot, quince paste, honey, mixed nuts, this is seriously good stuff.

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  • Loren Sonkin wrote: (93 points)

    January 27, 2016 - Madeira Tasting (Under $100) (Todd's): deep iced tea color. The nose has tootsie rolls and oranges. Thick texture. lightly sweet. Oranges, and slight milk chocolate on the palate. Nice streak of acidity. Long finish. Very nice. Continued to improve all night long.

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  • Loren Sonkin wrote: (93 points)

    December 24, 2015 - The night before the night before Xmas (including Vermont wines); 12/24/2015-12/25/2015 (My backyard around the fire): The rain was bout 30 minutes away and maybe just a last glass by the fire, so this was opened. Iced tea in color. Gorgeous nose of orange peel toffee, coffee and slight green note. On the palate, there is a milk chocolaty and orange note with a nice nuttiness. Great acidity. Long finish. Slight alcohol notes but not bothersome or hot. Great value in Madeira.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2014, Issue #49, Madeira- Timeless Island Wines From Just This Side of Paradise

    (NV Rare Wine Company “Savannah Verdelho” Madeira (2009 Release)) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    June 2011 (link)

    (NV The Rare Wine Company Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Special Reserve Madeira) Subscribe to see review text.

For The Love of Port

  • By Roy Hersh
    Issue #57, 5/21/2010

    (NV Barbeito Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Madeira) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/27/2010 (link)

    (NV Barbeito, Historic Series Special Reserve Savannah Verdelho NV Madeira White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/5/2016 (link) 89 points

    (NV Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito) Madeira Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Special Reserve) Light brown color; coffee, walnut nose; tasty, coffee, walnut, torrefaction palate with balancing acidity; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/12/2012 (link) 92 points

    (NV Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito) Madeira Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Special Reserve) Medium dark orange color with ruby lights and 1 millimeter clear meniscus; very appealing, coffee, burnt almond, praline nose; very tasty, oily textured, tart orange, tart marmalade, light praline palate; long finish (good value at about $50)

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/11/2011 (link) 91 points

    (NV Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito) Madeira Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Special Reserve) Medium brown color with ruby lights and light yellow meniscus; peanut, praline, lightly salty nose; tasty, silky textured, tart praline, peanut, pear, baked apple palate; long finish 91+ points (more complex and tasty than last year's version)

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/21/2010 (link) 88 points

    (NV Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito) Madeira Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Special Reserve) Light medium coffee red color with pale yellow meniscus; light tobacco, earthy, treacle nose; very tart lemon, nutty palate with high orange acidity; long finish (bottled January 2010)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage N.V.
  • Type White - Fortified
  • Producer Rare Wine Co. (Vinhos Barbeito)
  • Varietal Verdelho
  • Designation Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Special Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Madeira
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Madeira
  • UPC Code 828116000635

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (1%)
  • In Cellars 152 (48%)
  • Consumed 162 (51%)

Food Pairing

Appetizer; Stinton, Blood Orange, Kumquat Upside Down Cake

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