Noval 1998 Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage Porto ($18.99)
Inky dark reddish-purple. Plums, stone fruit, anise. Mouth-filling; sweet fruit well balanced with acidity, distinct but smooth tannins. It's a bit more fruit-forward and mellow after 48 hours in the open bottle, still quite tannic and showing absolutely no signs of deterioration. Even though it's billed as a drink-now Port, it will still clearly benefit from extended breathing and vigorous aeration. Bottled in 2003. US Importer: William Grant & Sons, NYC. (Dec 5, 2005)
FOOD MATCH: Served alone as an after-dinner libation; it would go well with strong cheeses from Stilton to sharp Cheddar to aged Gouda; dried fruits and nuts are also a traditional accompaniment.
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