Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto

Name: Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
Type: Red
Grape: Port
Origin: Portugal
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Sogrape Vinhos
Price: $13.99

This is perhaps the cheapest Port I’ve ever quaffed. It isn’t the cheapest available, but it’s certainly down on the bottom rung. It still has the re-usable cork topper that pretty much any decent port has. Port is a little harder for me to review because I have had many fewer Ports than wines and Port has a very distinctive character and this particular Port shares that character. It smells like Port, and if you’ve ever had it you know what I mean. It smells deep, dark and sultry. The flavor is high on alcohol and short on character but it has a finish that is long by the standards or normal wine. It’s ok for the price, and Port is generally more expensive than wine ounce for ounce. If you’ve never experienced Port, drink this first. It gives you a sense of what Port is like but still gives you a lot of upside in terms of better experiences down the road.

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Barros Ruby Porto

Name: Barros Ruby Porto
Type: Red
Grape: Blend
Origin: Portugal
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Barros, Almeida & Co.
Price: $14.99

I’m broadening my horizons and starting to review Ports. This should be interesting because I don’t know much about Port. If you haven’t tried it and you like wine, you definitely should give it a chance. It is like a sweet, very dense wine. It has a very characteristic smell that is difficult to describe but readily recognizable once you know it. This one has a rich aroma and a little bit of spice on the long finish. My yearly pattern in drinking liquors harder than wine is to drink Limoncello in the warmer months and Port in the colder months. It’s getting colder out so bring on the Port.

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