Quinta do Noval "LB" Porto ($16.99)
This is a very dark garnet wine, blackish and almost opaque in the glass. Simple, forward black-fruit aromas are reminiscent of crushed wine grapes, with a whiff of licorice in the background. On the palate it offers a big mouth full of sweet black plums, juicy and ripe, with hints of dark chocolate and pepper, and "grippy" acidity providing structure. The fruit is so forward that tannins aren't evident. A bit on the simple side, but warm and pleasing, requires no decanting and no need to wait to enjoy it. US Importer: William Grant & Sons Inc., NYC. (Nov 14, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Fine for wintry after-dinner sipping. Traditional accompaniments are fine blue cheeses and cracked nuts.

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