Ramos Pinto 2002 "Duas Quintas" Douro ($8.99)
A blend of the Port varieties Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional, this is an inky blackish-purple wine with a clear red-violet edge. Black and red cherries and berries and a dash of spice fill the aroma and flavor, a combination that offers a hint of Port without the fortified alcohol or the sweetness. The fruit is appealing but restrained: This is no mere "fruit bomb;" good fresh-fruit acidity and smooth tannins provide excellent structure and balance. US Importer: Maisons, Marques and Domaines USA Inc., Oakland, Calif. (Feb 19, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: This robust but balanced wine is made for red meat, and worked just fine with the comfort-food style of a beef pot roast.

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