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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Prager Winery & Port Works 2004 Tomas Port  (Napa Valley)

Prager Winery & Port Works

2004 Tomas Port, Imogene’s Vineyard
(Napa Valley)

Prager is one of the few Napa Valley producers growing Portuguese varieties in the Valley. While the Port works, south of St. Helena, has been making sweet wine since 1980, the family has only begun making some of their Ports from traditional Portuguese grapes in the last two years.

When the Pragers purchased a vineyard north of Calistoga in 1999, they planted five traditional Port varieties, including the three for this wine – Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao and Tinta Roriz. Curiously, there’s a bit of bacon in the nose, but on the palate, the wine is deliciously decadent with dark chocolate and raisin qualities to the fruit. Overall, this thick elixir is in good balance.

The wine was aged for two years in used oak barrels. The residual sugar is 8.4 percent, the alcohol – fortified with brandy brought from the Central Valley – is 19.5 percent, and there were 744 cases produced.

Reviewed March 23, 2007 by Alan Goldfarb.

The Wine

Winery: Prager Winery & Port Works
Vineyard: Imogene’s Vineyard
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Tomas Port
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grapes: Touriga Nacional (52%), Tinta Cao (29%), Tempranillo / Valdepenas (19%)
Price: 750ml $48.50

Review Date: 3/23/2007

The Reviewer

Alan Goldfarb

Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.