Port is one of those wines where people seem loath to admit they like sweet wines. But Port is not merely sweet wine: this is where the misunderstanding come into play. True Port is about the right grapes aged specifically for the right amount of time to produce a sensuous experience. Though Fonseca was founded as a Port House in 1815 – still family managed throughout its long history and is dedicated entirely to the production of Port - their Bin 27 was first released in 1972 with the goal of being an affordable alternative to declared vintage Port. Comprised of a variety of grapes including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela, and aged four years, the wine offers up candied cherry, raspberry, blueberry and spiced plum with a surprising amount of acidity and tannic structure to make this very enjoyable. Ultimately, Bin 27 is an affordable Port, one whose price belies the quality inside the bottle with quality to match.
PRICE: $19.99 /750 ml
PAIR WITH: Brownies, hard cheeses, fruit compote desserts
SCORE: 90 POINTS