Taylor Fladgate 1999 Late Bottled Vintage Porto ($19.99)
This is a very dark reddish-purple wine, with typical young Port aromas of ripe stone fruits and anise. It's very sweet on the palate, with appropriately "grippy" acidity to keep it from cloying. Soft tannins are present but unobtrusive, and there's a distinct brown-sugar flavor in the lingering finish. No real complexity here, but it's well-balanced and accessible, just as a LBV should be. US Importer: Kobrand Corp., NYC. (May 2, 2004)
FOOD MATCH: I like to enjoy Port as dessert, not with dessert, so usually serve it alone for enjoyment on its own. It goes beautifully, though, with blue and ripe cheeses, and is also often served with nuts or dried fruit for snacking.
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