Our 2011 Vintage Portico is produced from 100% Merlot grapes. As with traditional port, fermentation was stopped early by the addition of grape spirits. Dark ruby with a slightly tawny-garnet edge - flavors of blackberries, cherries, raisins, vanilla and plums prevail. The wine is full-bodied, rich, soft, forward and very well balanced, with good acidity and tannic "grip", yet very easy to drink. Can be enjoyed today but will age for 10-20 years. The perfect end to an elegant dinner, it pairs beautifully with dried fruits, pate, chocolate and creamy desserts as well as with all blue-veined cheeses.