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Sandeman Tawny Porto Ten Years Old

Rich, buttery red fruit in aroma, with fruit nicely integrated into classic port profile so tannins feel light on the tongue. Grapes, figs and dried red fruit elements in flavor. A long exhale of a finish. Good with dark chocolate. Recommended. BSE
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Broadbent Lot #1 Auction Reserve Porto

Spicy cassis notes in the aroma, balanced fruit on the palate. “Reserve” on the label means it’s fruity but not too sweet. The alcohol is a definite factor on the palate and in the hot finish. Salty flavors are a good complement to this wine. Recommended. BSE
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2010 Casa Santos Lima Portuga

Clear, pale, watery gold in color. Gentle aromas of white peaches, tart green grapes, lemon zest, thyme, and sandy beaches. Dry, medium-high acidity, medium-light body, and soft flavors of citrus, melon rind, and sun dried herbs. Dangerously easy to drink. Pair with grilled zucchini and summer squash. Highly recommended.
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2009 Casa de Vila Verde Vinho Verde

Offering just the tiniest tickle, this has less fizz than most Vinho Verdes. It is vibrantly acidic, with light flavors of fresh peaches and lemons. Pears make an appearance on the finish. Alcohol is moderate, at 11.5%. Like all the better wines of its class, this is bottled summertime, the perfect sipper when the mercury is north of 90ºF and the kids are old enough to play on their own. Drink with sunshine by the side of the pool. Recommended.
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1994 Casa Ferreirinha Reserva

At over 16 years of age, this classic Douro blend of indigenous varieties like Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional still shows quite a bit of color, with a rich garnet color, barely hinting at orange on the edges. The aromas show the wine’s maturity: mushrooms, tobacco, plums and raisins, with fine, fine tannins wrapping things up at the end. A nice bit of freshness on the finish shows that it still had a lot to offer, demonstrating how table wines for the Douro—and not just ports—can age gracefully for a very long time.