Starboard Batch 88

Batch 88 is a an easy drinking port-style wine with ripe fruit and nutty elements, that place it somewhere between a ruby and a tawny. It is warm, smooth and rich with a chocolate raisin character. Delightfully warming by itself, Batch 88 also pairs well with cheeses or with chocolates.

Why do we call our “port” Starboard?

Port is a geographic term for fortified wines that come from the Douro River Valley in Portugal. Starboard, the nautical term for right, (as opposed to port - left) is unique to our place, the San Joaquin Valley, California, on the other side of the world from Portugal.

We use the same grape varieties and similar methods as in the Douro, but our climate is warmer and the soils different. Instead of 140 proof fortifying brandy, we use a neutral grape spirit of 190 proof. We use 60 gallon barrels instead of the 140 gallon pipes used in Portugal. Starboard matures earlier and has a riper more voluptuous flavor.

The grapes in Batch 88 are primarily Tinta Roriz. The vineyard is managed to give loose bunches and a small crop. Several different vintages aged an average of five years are used in the blend. In the port business this type of blend is called “Vintage Character.” The first year we made wine in this style was 1988, thus the nickname Batch 88.

Starboard Batch 88 Buy Locate Use in Cocktails Use in Cooking Use in Desserts
Something rare in the world of port - a lot of bang for your buck.
— Sourmashed.com
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points editor's choice
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Made from traditional Portuguese varieties, this is one of the best California Port-style wines out there, which is no surprise coming as it does from sweet wine specialist Quady. It’s tremendously rich and sweet in chocolate truffle and blackberry-infused flavors, with near perfet acidity and tanins for balance. A great success at a good price for a full, not a half bottle.
— Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Best of Class Double Gold
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2014
Best of Show Double Gold Overall Top Wine
American Wine Society, 2013
Gold
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Competition, 2014

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