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The Winery at Bull Run



Our Fort is a port-style wine with hints of smoke, wood, dark fruit, and cocoa. We use 100% Chambourcin to create this decadent dessert wine.

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Wine Specs
Non Vintage
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our Fort is a port-style wine with a nose full of intense concentrated black currant and cherry aromas. Full-bodied and firm, the palate is crammed with luscious black fruit flavors, dried fruits, smoke, wood, and cocoa.
Gold Medal Winner, 2014 Grand Harvest Awards; Gold Medal Winner, 2014 Virginia Governor's Cup Competition; Gold Medal Winner, 2018 Midatlantic Southeastern Wine Competition; Silver Medal Winner, 2019 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition
Vineyard Notes
Chambourcin grapes were sourced from Colucci Vineyards in Upperville, Virginia.
Winemaker Notes
Chambourcin grapes were de-stemmed, crushed, and macerated for three weeks under temperature controlled conditions, then transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for four weeks for primary fermentation and aging for thirteen months. Cocoa nibs were added during the ninth month of the aging process, prior to the addition of Ruby Red Brandy. The Fort was bottled in December 2013 and June 2014.
Food Pairing Notes
The Fort is particularly good with blue-veined and richly flavored soft cheeses and also pairs well with berry desserts, dark chocolate, and cigars. It also makes for an excellent after dinner drink.
Product Reviews
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David Benson
(Dec 27, 2016 at 7:20 PM)
Spent an afternoon with a friend at the winery and fell in love with is "Port". It is extremely drinkable on its own. Rich and velvety. Four days later I am still tasting it. It was good with some semi-sweet chocolate -- but really, I could sit out and share a bottle and just be happy.

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Jamie Krovontka
(Dec 29, 2016 at 1:38 PM)
This wine is a favorite for sure! It's so drinkable on its own, and I often have a glass in the evenings to unwind. It's rich in flavor, smooth, and absolutely amazing.

Alyssa's Gravatar
(Dec 29, 2016 at 1:41 PM)
This wine is excellent with semi-sweet or dark chocolate. Take a bite of the chocolate and then a sip of the wine...heavenly. Sometimes I find port-style wines offputting, but this one is very drinkable as others have mentioned.

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Pat Ferguson
(Dec 29, 2016 at 1:47 PM)
Live a little goblet of Fort with a chunk of dark chocolate for a treat. Smooth and tasty, essence of rich raisins. Crave this on a cold evening.

CC's Gravatar
(Dec 29, 2016 at 2:15 PM)
With dark chocolates, this is a treat for the palate! I frequently give this for special occasions.

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Elizabeth Belem
(Dec 29, 2016 at 3:08 PM)
Great for sipping with a cigar or paired with some chocolate. Great bold wine with fruity flavors. Perfect for after dinner.

Michelle's Gravatar
(Dec 29, 2016 at 3:19 PM)
On a nice cool night, this wine is great. It is especially wonderful with some chocolate

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Denise Miller
(Dec 29, 2016 at 4:03 PM)
I loved red and tried port once and decided I like it since then I have tasted many ports looking for my favorite and Fort is that. I drink it alone or with cheese chocolate or just a sipping wine went I want to enjoy the wine! I have given to my friends who always fall in love with it as well. Not need a lot and does not leave me with a headache

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David Traxler
(Dec 30, 2016 at 7:31 AM)
Excellent wine. I am a port wine fan and this is an amazing port. It is great as a dessert wine, or just a wine to sip at the end of a long day.

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Fernando Torres-orozco
(Dec 30, 2016 at 12:23 PM)
Great wine, with a great taste. Would recommend if you like wines that are a little sweeter

Holly's Gravatar
(Dec 30, 2016 at 12:32 PM)
This wine breaks the mold for "Port style". So smooth but not heavy. While great paired with chocolate, sipped alone it will make you believe the chocolate is in the bottle.

Kathy's Gravatar
(Jan 1, 2017 at 7:23 PM)
This is the most delicious companion that dark chocolate ever had!

Norma's Gravatar
(Jan 2, 2017 at 10:29 AM)
Sweet, lovely but after the chocolate it is just magic.

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Steve Panicucci
(Jan 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM)
A great dessert wine! It goes excellent with dark chocolate. I highly recommend this wine for a cold winter day!

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Jenn Persico
(Jan 2, 2017 at 11:11 AM)
Great, easy drinking wine. Perfect with dark chocolate or simply on its own. I picked up several bottles when we were at WABR last and plan to pick up a few more the next time we visit.

Kim's Gravatar
(Jan 2, 2017 at 12:14 PM)
One of the best ports I've had! Great for sipping. Looking forward to the Port Friday Night Flight this Jan 2017.

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Casi C
(Jan 2, 2017 at 12:52 PM)
We tried this for the first time last month. My husband loves it. We bought a bottle to share with family over the holidays.

Anita's Gravatar
(Jan 2, 2017 at 1:52 PM)
Very tasty, easy drinking port. I am thinking of using it for a sauce to go with meat. The pairing with chocolate is just wonderful.

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Andrew A Bremer
(Jan 2, 2017 at 3:25 PM)
An excellent port! Goes well with just about any dessert, and is a great dessert by itself; a great wine, even for those who traditionally don't think they like ports. Highly recommended!

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Deborah Wargo
(Jan 2, 2017 at 4:49 PM)
I always enjoy a nice glass of port, and Fort does not disappoint. It's a guilty pleasure that you will love.

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Melinda Soltys
(Jan 2, 2017 at 6:16 PM)
I love port style wines, and this one is rich and complex without being sweet and overbearing. If you get the chance to try it with a little chocolate you'll enjoy a whole new set of flavors.

Channell's Gravatar
(Jan 2, 2017 at 6:28 PM)
Despite being a rich and decadent Port-style wine, Fort goes fairly quickly in my household. It's especially satisfying when paired with dark chocolate. Fort is a top quality Port-style wine.

Bill's Gravatar
(Jun 11, 2017 at 11:08 AM)
I had a wine tasting at Bull Run. I liked this so I bought a few bottles. As others have said it is nice on it's own, or with chocolate, or I like port with cheese. I gave a bottle to some friends and they called me the night they opened it, to say how excellent it was.

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Beezie Northrop
(Feb 1, 2019 at 3:41 PM)
Years ago my Brother & wife took my wife and I to Bull Run to show us the place and have a little wine, well I fell in love with the ( Fort wine ) and living in Fla. I was out of luck getting any, until I got on their web site and now I pick up 2 to 3 bottles now and then. living in south Fla the cold weather comes only now and then,,, but when it dose we build a fire, bring out the Fort and were in heaven. And Heaven it is,,, Thanks Bull Run !!!

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Beezie Northrop
(Apr 15, 2019 at 2:58 PM)
Very satisfying dessert wine, just love it

Pat's Gravatar
(Mar 10, 2021 at 12:24 PM)
Smooth and indulgent! Certainly a wine that you stop and savor! A real conversation maker due to being so smoothly unexpected. Makes new friends over a taste!

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