Thursday, May 14, 2015

What were you doing in 1863?

1863 was a very important year when it comes to American history. Here’s just a few things that went down just to provide some perspective:

January 1 - Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation
January 8 - Ground was broken in Sacramento, California, on the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States
February 24 - Arizona was organized as a United States territory
April 29 – William Randolph Heart was born
May 10 – Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson died due to a gunshot wound from friendly fire during the Battle of Chancellorsville
July 30 – Henry Ford was born
August 8 – After losing the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sent his resignation letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis (Davis refused the resignation).

But what about on the other side of the world? Well, there were plenty of amazing events that occurred in 1863, but perhaps none more fascinating than the making of this fabulous Single Harvest Tawny Port from the folks at Taylor Fladgate. We were introduced to this bottle over a lunch at local sushi restaurant, Morimoto, and we can be honest when we say everyone else in the room was rubbernecking to see what magical bottle was about to emerge from its wooden cocoon. One taste, and we knew we had to offer some of this to our clients. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and if you’re really looking for a showstopper in your cellar, look no further than right here!

From one of the icons in the production of port, and presented in a specially-made crystal decanter that rests in a gorgeous wooden box, this is much more than a collector’s item. Deep mahogany in the glass, powerful aromatics of spiced molasses, toasted walnuts, butterscotch, figgy pudding, vanillin, nutmeg, ginger and marzipan lead into a decadent palate that is in perfect balance. Extraordinary depth, grace and power all meld together to create one of the most memorable wines we’ve ever tasted. 

With only 331 bottles imported into the U.S., and at over 150 years old, this is one the greatest trophies in the world of wine to ever cross our path. The term rare doesn’t quite do this bottle justice, and we got our hands on a few of these beauties to make sure you had the chance of snatching up a piece of vinous history. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good! Make way for liquid royalty, because once this bottle steps foot in your cellar, all your other trophies will bow in its presence.  

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