2016 Hallelujah Port

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2016 Hallelujah Port
2016 Hallelujah Port
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Portuguese varietals Touriga Nacional and Souzão from Uplands Estate on Snipes Mountain were fermented to 7 brix, and then the fermentation was arrested with 188 proof grape hooch. Aged for 22 months in 25% new French oak. Opaquely black in color, with great balance and length, Hallelujah is hedonistic, balanced, rich and nuanced. The nose is loaded with raisins, exotic flowers and cedar leading to silky flavors of orange liqueur, licorice, blackberry, cherry, caramel, cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate and tobacco. Enjoy for the next 100 years or so. 

Food Pairing:  Stilton on walnut toast, simply.

Movie Pairing:  A Clockwork Orange

We started tinkering with Portuguese varietals in 2010 to make a fortified dessert wine, primarily for winemaker dinners. 50% Touriga Nacional, 50% Souzāo, plus 188 proof grape spirits makes for some pretty deep powerful age worthy deliciousness. Named Hallelujah because that's how we feel when we've had a lovely multi-course dinner, are sitting with a fine buzz and then we get served that little something extra in the form of a port. Hallelujah!

Varietal50% Touriga Nacional, 50% Souzâo
Varietal Composition50% Touriga Nacional,
50% Souzâo
AppellationYakima Valley
VineyardUpland Vineyard
Harvest Date10/18/2016
AgingAged in 25% new French oak. At approximately 7° Brix the must is fortified with 188° brandy and put in one new and three second fill barrels.
Residual Sugar4.96 g/100 mL
Volume500 ml
Bottling Date08/03/2018
Cases Produced157
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