Madera County’s Ficklin Vineyards is not just America’s oldest Port winery (established in 1946), it also seems to be the most highly awarded Port winery in the country, too, amassing a large collection of medals and stellar ratings. The company sent its most recent bottling of Old Vine Tinta Port, one of its most affordable bottlings, for our review. Its bright ruby color and oxidized, raisiny aroma certainly fit the part, leading the way to a body that’s as light and fresh as could be, loaded with maraschino cherry notes, a touch of milk chocolate, and fresh orange blossom notes. Gently syrupy on the finish with notes of candied fruit, the wine makes for an approachable — if harmless — way to end a big meal. An enjoyable and affordable pick for the holidays.
B / $20 / ficklin.com