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N.V. Prager Winery & Port Works Noble Companion Tawny Port

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April 28, 2024 - $31

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93Wine Enthusiast

Pale in color, but everything else is explosive. The cola, espresso, raspberry, vanilla and meringue flavors are soft in the way of an aged Port, yet firm with bracing acids. This all-Cabernet Sauvignon sweet wine is simply excellent.

PRODUCER

Prager Winery & Port Works

Prager Winery & Port Works is a St. Helena producer dedicated to Ports and Late Harvest Riesling. Prager was founded in 1979 by Jim and Imogene Prager. Today the estate continues to be run by Jim and Imogene, as well as various brothers, brothers-in-law and adult children. Prager owns 15 acres of vineyards and produces about 4,000 cases a year. Prager makes a range of vintage and non vintage ruby, tawny and white Ports. It also makes a late harvest Riesling and Petite Sirah.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,