Really enjoyed this. Plum stands out the most here. A hint of dried raisin and a hint of caramel and vanilla. Smooth and medium bodied. I wish the finish lasted longer but it is still very nice and should drink well now or in 10-30 yrs if you can wait.
For most of the bottle after opening it had this scotch-like flavor in the mouth, a certain brashness. A couple of weeks later as I finish it, it tastes just as smooth and wonderful as always. Taking a point out for that initial issue.
Wonderful long finish w coffee, caramel notes. Not sure if due to bottle variation but this last one I opened seems to have a distinctively longer, more complex finish than prior bottles. Only wish it felt fuller in the mouth.
Dried fruits, prunes & raisins, some apricot. The inevitable and tasty caramel, of which it is coloured. Served at the cooler end of the range on a warm summers night and it was refreshingly sweet becoming more flavoursome, and better appreciated, in the hand (as it should).
Whilst it is a perfectly acceptable wine, I paid £40 ($60) for it and I consider it overpriced. Far be it for me to pass judgement on a winemakers toil, and a wine merchants 300-year pedigree, but I won't be back till I see it at £25. Am I cheap? Yes, but I have the luxury of choice.
Medium tawny color with a pronounced aroma intensity (nutty and citrus). The wine is sweet, med+ acid, full bodied- orange peel, nutty, dried fruit, cinnamon with a long finish. The wine is excellent and will last forever once opened.
While good, this seems a bit light on the palate and finish. Correct rancio flavors, caramel and zippy lemony zest, but this just seems a bit lacking in intensity. This was a pop-and-pour and hopefully this will improve on the next day. Update: this did improve on the second day a bit, but this is still a lighter weight offering.
America’s original oenophile, Thomas Jefferson, was a big fan of Madeira. And I’m a big fan of Thomas Jefferson. Ergo . . . I love Madeira. The Malmsey is 100% Malavasia. Retail price is around $50. This is beautiful stuff. A big glass of tobacco, coffee and figs.
Sweet orange, nutty taste. Warming. The wine looks Tawny colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Orange, Lemon, Raisin, Plum, Hazelnut, Butterscotch, and Sherry. The body is Medium/Full. The wine finishes Medium.
Very good. Singed carmel notes are omnipresent with enough sweetness to be dessert and enough alcohol to be fortified both showing in balance on the palate. enjoyed at a party by wine snobs, wine enjoyers, and non-drinkers alike, actually. $20, 19%alc, decanted half bottle for ~14 hours, could obviously go longer.
The nose is the best part of this wine- complex, with browned butter, caramel, molasses, butterscotch, and alcohol. The palate has fig, caramel, almond and orange rind. I agree with the noticeable acidity, and a fairly lenghty finish, though the palate also has some heat towards the back end. Nice overall, especially for the sub-$20 PLCB price.
Bottle, cork and fill all pristine. This delivered a nice madeira experience with almonds, brown butter, carmel and lime. Very enjoyable and I will look forward to drinking its development over the coming months.
Caramel, brown sugar, figs, raisins all playing around in a richly sweet bath. What I love most about this madeira is the caramelized grapefruit pith finish that cuts right through the decadence. Super long finish.
This was rather outrageiously good Maderia. The other day I was drinking a 1933 Terrentez from D'Oliveras I would have to comment that this got the better of the two. Much more complex and characterful.
Journey through Portugal @ Home: Classic flavors of caramel, molasses, figs and brown spices -- but this did not have nearly the impact of previous bottles I have had in the past. Not enough intensity and drive.
Heady nose of brown sugar, figs. Raisins, figs, sweet honey on the palate with more subtle oxidative notes of nuts, caramel. Some nice acid kicks in on the finish, but it also burns a bit from obvious alcohol. Regardless, this is a very fine drink, with more balance and interest for me than most inexpensive PX sherries or tawnies.
Surprisingly refined nose - lots of rancio character and bright, limey, toasted brown sugar and caramel-type notes with light VA. A well-supported, intense palate, though a lack of density to the flavors means no mistaking this for an older vintage wine. More subtle sweetness. Not quite at the level of the RWC Madeiras, but a very nice wine for the price.
My first Madeira (yet another thanks to Roy Hersh). This strikes me as a lovely change from the tawnies I also enjoy. The acidity is the most obvious difference, and a nice one. Will buy more when this bottle runs out.
Nose of brown sugar and maple syrup with some acetone or shelac or something. Color was deep amber extending out to yellow edges with an evasive hint of green. Luxurious mouthfeel. Flavors of Ripe pineapple, grapey and raisiny. Tart apple finish. Very present, mostly integrated alcohol.
Good but not punishing acidity, medium sweetness, nice intensity. A good nonvintage madeira and good QPR at $26. Of note, it was rounder and longer a week after opening than the night it was opened, an observation often made of old vintage Madeira, that may be true of more modest ones as well.
What a great QPR Madeira, Thanks to Roy Hersch (www.fortheloveofport.com) for this great recommendation. If you are looking for a young madeira that tastes like an old madeira this is the one. A must buy for anyone thinking about Madeira
From the same bottle as my last note 9 months ago (accidentally hidden in a cupboard by my fiancee!). This is just great stuff. Caramel, toffee, slight nuttiness, hints of chocolate on the mid-palate, and then a smooth finish with a great but not overwhelming coffee not. Perfect viscosity for the flavor profile, which is to say that if it were any thicker it might be syrupy.
I very much enjoy this wine (i say enjoy because the open bottle will be with me for a little while)... it is a wonderfull mixture of nuttiness and caramel, orange marmalade and figs, and a finish dominated by tea, honey and lemon... i found this wine to be neither hot nor too sweet; it is my introduction to madeira as i had not had it until i drank this; it is certainly a more complex wine than any non vintage port i have ever had and it is not over the top sweet like several of the australian non-vintage muscats or tokays. it is clearly in a unique class.
I thought this was nice, but fairly simple - similar to a 10-year Tawny Port. Some heat on the finish. Perhaps it will grow on me with time, since it's going to take quite a while for me to polish off the bottle.
Light caramel color. The caramel theme persists in the nose, with some nuttiness as well. This is an excellent madeira: smooth, sweet, with a good richness about it. I detected some astringence at the very end of the finish that turned me off a bit, and which did not fall away with air. Nothing major though, and not enough to ruin this great experience. Perfect for a nightly sip or after dinner.
Madeira @ Citizen Cake (San Francisco): Bartholomew Broadbent admits to being almost forced to market a Malmsey, since this is what sells in restaurants; but both he and his father feel that Tinta Negra Mole can make as good if not better wine at the lower price points. This seems to be the case here. Although this wine is a bit darker than the previous wine, it lacks the intensity and acidity that the "Fine Rich" bottling possessed. Mellow, smooth, and slightly nutty and chocolatey. Sweet, but not as sweet as one would expect from a Malmsey. A nice wine, but it seems to lack the refreshing acidity that makes Madeira great.