The Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Charleston Sercial Special Reserve Madeira Portugal
This is the driest wine in the series and a wine that has been served throughout meals in America for nearly 300 years. Chef Mario Batali won over 1000+ guests at the 2009 New York Wine Experience by boldly pairing Charleston Sercial with a wild boar dish of Wolfgang Puck’s creation.
Rated 93 Points Wine Enthusiast
The Historic Series are simply great Madeiras at reasonable prices. The Charleston Sercial is the driest of the collection, offering nutty aromas tinged with honey, caramel and maple syrup. Dried figs, honey and candied citrus flavors mark the palate, which is wonderfully smooth. The long finish features racy yet balanced acidity. Editors’ Choice
Rated 91 Points Wine Spectator
Chamomile and Earl Grey tea notes accent the flavors of dried apple, tangerine and pineapple in this flinty style. Shows slight hints of matchstick, featuring a finish filled with citrus zest and plum sauce details. Drink now through 2028.
Rated 91 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The non-vintage RWC Charleston Sercial (May 2012 bottling) has a light, crisp bouquet of walnut, mahogany bureau, pressed flowers and a touch of marmalade that demonstrates fine delineation. The palate is taut and crisp on the entry with tangy marmalade, quince, a touch of cough candy and orange peel. It has superb acidity with a very fine, elegant finish that is absolutely delightful.