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94 • Sandeman 2000 VAU Vintage Porto, Douro $35. Cellar Selection.
Inky garnet violet color. Rich aromas of cassis, eucalyptus, creme brulee and clover honey follow through on a bold, round entry to a moderately sweet and very fruity full body with lavish candied orange, red licorice, ginger, cedar, and peppery spice notes. Finishes with a long, fruit and spice fade. A delicious powerhouse of flavor. Serve with blue cheeses. (tasted on Feb-23-2009)
90 • Clemen 2007 Reserva, Vinho Verde $11.99. Best Buy.
Bright yellow golden color. Crushed green apple and honey cream aromas follow through on a silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with great ripeness and depth. Finishes with a long, nectarine and lemon accented fade. Very tasty. (tasted on Feb-23-2009)
90 • Sandeman NV Founders Reserve Porto, Oporto $19.
Bright aromas of honey, caramel, and spicy cherry-raisin compote have a touch of cedar and black pepper and follow through on a rich, round entry to a fruity sweet full body with great integration and a zest dried orange,sandalwood, and honey accented fade. A delicious and vibrant port for all occasions. (tasted on Feb-23-2009)
89 • Sandeman NV 10 Year Old Tawny Porto, Oporto $40.
Aromas of dried flowers, currants and citrus, candied ginger, and melted praline follow through on a round, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with poached apple, raisin, and pink peppercorn notes. Finishes with a lingering, peppery hot, molasses, butter roasted pecan, and dried cherry accented fade. Very nice. (tasted on Feb-23-2009)
86 • air NV Antonio Lopes Ribeiro, Alentejo $13.99. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby black color. Aromas of cherry pie, roasted tomato, sandalwood incense and clove follow through on a soft, brisk entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with tart black cherry skin and cedar notes. Finishes with a crisp baked apple and spice cake fade. (tasted on Feb-23-2009)