Bodega Bay Portworks White Port
Chardonnay •Kaz Vineyard
California: Sonoma County
What We Say
Mission Codename: Port of call
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Meet the demands of our Field Operatives by surveilling a Port wine
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Kaz Winery’s Bodega Bay Portworks
Wine Subject: White Port
Winemaker: Kaz (Richard Kasmier)
Backgrounder: Wine Spies Central Command has been getting requests for exceptional Port wines. When Agent White was dispatched, he did not need to look too hard; Kaz Winery, which has become a favorite of our Operatives, had recently begun producing a small variety of Port wines. Among them, a White Port. Partial to white wines as Agent White is, he honed in on Kaz’s white masterpiece… and secured a small quantity for our Operatives to enjoy.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Poured from its slender 375ml bottle, this wine pours clear and beautiful with a glinting golden color and a thick and viscous bounce
Smell -Think Toblerone white chocolate with nougat, with buttery hazelnut tones and a hint of apricot
Feel -Heavy and rich and increasingly warming on your tongue with each small sip. Not too syrupy as you might find with some red ports
Taste – A pleasant blast of walnut and more subtle hazelnut. At first it seems impossible that grapes can deliver nutty flavors, followed by mild tastes of white chocolate, with hints of honey, toasted almonds, vanilla and butter
Finish -Like any port, this wine leaves a pleasant bit of sugariness and warmth in your mouth. This unique white port is nowhere as syrupy and heavy as the feeling you get from most ports
Conclusion – If you have tried traditional port wines before, this is a port that I must recommend to you. While it is unique, it is no novelty wine. This is a fun to drink port that can be enjoyed by anyone, but it is also serious enough to be enjoyed by any lover of great port. With unique flavors and a sweetness that lends itself to complimenting a great dessert, I also enjoy it as dessert. With the holidays and the colder weather upon us, this port finds a special place in my home and when party hopping between now and the New Year, I’ll be dragging along several bottles.
Ahhh. I just love these no-brainer, drop-kick missions. Let Agent Red have the more complicated away missions. This time of year I prefer to remain close to hearth and home here in our Wine Spies L.A. enclave.
When Central Command issued the directive for Port, I knew exactly where to look; Kaz Winery is a Wine Spies favorite and I knew from previous intel gathering that cult winemaker Kaz had a fabulous White Port. One phone call was all it took to express a few bottles down my way from the Kaz estate in Kenwood, California. A day later and my samples were here.
After just one pour, I was happily convinced that I need look no further. This was the Port for our Operatives. It is delicious and different enough from more traditional ports to make it extremely interesting. Other spies I tried it with enjoyed this port with dessert. I love it on its own, but also found that it works well as a before dinner aperitif or an after dinner dessert. How ever you like your ports, I recommend this with with great gusto! Yummy.
Wine Spies Satellite Recon:
The Kaz Estate vineyard and tasting room can be seen in this satellite photo
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About The Pirate’s Reserve White Port:
Think “white chocolate” with every sip of this rich and all too yummy treat. Hints of toasted almonds and vanilla lurk in the sweatiness. Savor every last drop
About Bodega Port Works:
Bodega Bay Portworks (BBP) is finally online bringing you its fine products. Our newly launched fleet includes Red, White and Blush ports!
BBP is a second label for Kaz Vineyard and Winery, located in Kenwood at the heart of Sonoma Valley. The Kaz family boasts itself as the “smallest winery in the valley,” producing approximately 1,000 cases annually. BBP ports are bottled, corked, foiled and labeled by hand… by the Kaz family!
You’re in luck because you can only find us at our tasting room, online and at select restaurants in Bodega Bay, California.
20% Alc. by Vol.
9.5% R.S. by wt.
Our White Port is always made from our own estate Chardonnay grapes.