Nose/Aroma - Very earthy scent, muddled with strawberries and oak.
Palate/Flavors - Sweet, overripe cassis and boysenberries upfront that lasts through the finish. Complemented by black pepper and chocolate with an undefinable earthiness. Medium to full body, velvety tannins, and great balance.
Food Pairing - Chicken cacciatore served over a bed of linguine.
Comments - Nicely made wine, good balance and complexity. I think I pulled this out of the cellar at its peak. If this is truly worth the price I found, then this is a great deal. I would love to see some of Casa Porta's other wines, since Reserva is only the second in six tiers of wines produced.