Reserve Port (NV)

Terroir: Reserve Port is a house blend of premium wines produced from the same top grade “A” vineyards from which Churchill’s vintage ports are sourced, the Cima Corgo sub-region of Douro.

Vinification: Reserve Port retains the structure and fresh fruit of a young vintage but has been softened by its age in wood and filtration prior to bottling.

Additional Information

Reserve Port has a bright, full ruby color with violet tones. On the nose, very distinctive and complex fresh blueberries and hints of eucalyptus, green pepper and tea. A very vibrant young Port with plenty of natural acidity but also balance and pedigree denoting its grade “A” vineyard origins.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Oporto
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Alcohol: 19.5%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca, Tinta Francisca

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Mark Squires
    Date: Monday, January 4, 2016
    "The NV Finest Reserve Port is a field blend that comes in with 99 grams per liter of residual sugar. This has a bar top cork and was bottled (500-milliliter) in July 2015. Beautifully structured, this has complexity of flavor, touches of herbs, rhubarb and bark. It tightens a bit on the finish, but it is mostly about the balance, smooth texture and complex medley of flavors. It has a rich feel without being sloppy or overtly fruity, as some are--just intriguing and slightly sweet. Overall, this is a lovely Reserve. If you must cellar it, it will hold awhile barring cork failures, but it is made to drink easy and now, not to cellar. Note that I normally do not review NV bottles of any type without unique identifiers to match with the review. Ruby Reserves typically don't have bottling dates (although some producers have staked out a different position--see the Infantado this issue or the Van Zeller). It should really be obligatory by law to have a bottling date, just as with many other types of Ports. That said, consider this a one-off, since we have relatively few Ruby Reserves in our database. Referencing some nice ones, their level and their quality is probably useful just as a general data point."
  • Author: Joe Roberts
    Date: Monday, December 10, 2012
    "It's a man's man's world for Ruby, apparently (& they like to add pepper to everything)."
    Grade: B+
  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Friday, December 9, 2011
    "Dusty tannins lie easily on this perfumed, smoky wine. It is balanced, its sweetness layered with some acidity. Rich and smooth, although also structured and very attractive."
  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
    Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010
    "Lively citrus zest and spicy notes accent the raspberry jam and fresh-baked cherry pie flavors. Fresh and chocolatey on the finish."
  • Nashville Tennessean Author: Frank Sutherland And Kate Sutherland
    Date: Monday, July 17, 2006
    “A smooth-textured port with raspberry, chocolate and nutty flavors.”
  • Score: 86 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2005
    “This Reserve Port from Churchill’s is well balanced and finely structured.” -- Roger Voss
  • New York Daily News Author: Mary Ewing Mulligan
    Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2005
    "From Portugal, Port is a perennial after-dinner holiday favorite because it's delicious, exotic and great in cold weather. Buy a 'vintage character' Port -- a vibrant, fruity style with character. Churchill's Finest Port is an excellent choice at $16. Stilton or Gorgonzola cheese is a perfect match, along with walnuts." -- Mary Ewing Mulligan
    Grade: 'Yule tips for the cellars market'
  • SKY (Delta inflight magazine) Author: F. Paul Pacult
    Date: Friday, February 27, 2004
    "I find it hard to believe that this plumlike, big-hearted, yet graceful porto is priced at less than $15. It makes a terrific Valentine’s Day present for the porto-loving man (or woman) in your life. Serve as an ideal mate for blue cheeses, especially Gorgonzola." -- F. Paul Pacult
    Grade: 'Great wine values'
  • Wine Enthusiast Author: F. Paul Pacult
    Date: Monday, November 24, 2003
    "One of the best, and creamiest, of the vintage class of ruby Port that's long on black-raisin aromas and cassis flavors." -- F. Paul Pacult
    Grade: 'Proof Positive: Soothe Operators'
  • Ray and Eleanor Heald's 'Focus on Wine' (syndicated column) Author: Other
    Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2003
    Churchill's Finest Vintage Character is the first wine in the portfolio to show the impact of the quintas owned by Churchill's. This Port is well-fruited. With rich dimensions, it has a pleasing finish and good length.
    Grade: Well-fruited
  • Detroit International Wine Experience Author: Other
    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2003
    Awarded a Silver Medal in the 2003 Detriot International Wine Experience.
    Grade: Silver Medal
  • San Jose Mercury News Author: Other
    Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2003
    Quite sweet, with dried fig and a hint of chocolate.
  • Dallas Star-Telegram Author: Other
    Date: Monday, February 10, 2003
    Churchill's Vintage Character Porto exudes chocolate and raspberry flavors, not sweet like candy, but lush in the mouth with a long, smooth finish.
  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Other
    Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2002
    A vintage character that gives you just that. Wonderful raspberry and chocolate aromas and flavors, medium body and sweetness and a long, velvety finish.

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