Wednesday, October 28, 2009

*** $ Leacock's Rainwater Madeira, Portugal- Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background: Madeira, a fortified wine made in the Madeira Islands of Portugal, is somewhat an acquired taste, often offering a significantly higher value than the typically attractive price. Leacock's Rainwater is one of the most recognized of these, coming in at 18% alcohol.

In the glass: Rainwater Madeira looks like a deep, dark scotch, showing as brown with a hint of red, quite transparent.

On the nose: Served at basement temperatures, Leacock's Rainwater shows aromas reminiscent of a fairly dry, somewhat shy port, caramel chocolates being the most familiar analogy.

On the palate: Think lightly sweet and prickly, diluted caramel as a first sensation, hitting smack mid-palate. It's balance is the next most notable element, light sweetness offsetting light acidity. Fills the palate with lightness.

And the finish: A bit of fruit follows the acids to a lightly-sugared close, settling in fairly slowly and gently.

In summary: I can come back to Leacock's Rainwater, thus allowing three stars. If the concept of port wine appeals to you, but you find the sweetness too cloying, or the tastes too rich, then this madeira may well meet your criteria for pleasure. Coming from the other direction, if you like the edge of a fino wine, but are looking for something less contemplative and more pleasing, this again may meet your objectives.  The "plus" comes from its combination of balance and pleasingness.  A best value on the Spirit of Wine scale.

Wine Spectator thought highly of this madeira, awarding 90 points and saying, "Delicious, smoky style, with a good balance to the off-dry caramel and buttercream flavors and the ripe melon, apricot and tropical fruit elements. Decadent, mesquite smoke finish. Drink now through 2008."

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  1. Madeira is part of Portugal, not Spain. Cheers!

  2. Of course!! Now fixed, thanks for the catch.