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Rating
91.00
Year
2011
Region
Douro Valley
Varietal
Fortified red blend
Price
$19.95

Terrific late-bottled-vintage port as well as a bargain. Dow's classically tight, drier style is in evidence, though of course it's a red port so this is sweet fortified wine (lest there be doubt). The aroma reveals what's in store on the palate: ripe, dried fruit characters of raisin and prune laced with – and this is the main attraction – bold savoury characters of tobacco and baking spices. It's all pulled together by firm tannins and tight acidity. There's also a Scotch-whisky-barrel note for good measure. Christmas cake in a private London club's library. No need to cellar this one; it won't improve with time. And no need to decant because there's no sediment. Consume it within about 10 days of opening. Available in Ontario at the above price, $24.99 in British Columbia, various prices in Alberta, $13.05 in Quebec (for a half-bottle), $28 in New Brunswick, $23.49 in Prince Edward Island, $14.99 in Nova Scotia (for a half-bottle).

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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