Robust red with hints of brown, it is intense, mature, with notes of baked fruit, caramel, and smoke. Full bodied, acidic, with a taste of apricot, fig and hazelnut, intense on the finish.
Fanal Madeira Full Rich
The great fortified wines of Portugal are wonderfully suited for the winter time because of their fruit concentration, higher alcohol (around 20%), and durability after opening. Once very popular with Dutch and English traders – as well as with our Colonial American ancestors (our Declaration of Independence was toasted with Madeira), it’s time for modern Americans to discover this fortified wine again. The island of Madeira (located in the Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles from the shores of Portugal) has been making wines for 500 years. As a convenient way-point en route to the New World, sailors would stop off and get this fortified, slightly oxidized wine which was intended to withstand a sun baked journey over the ocean.