Osborne 2000 Late Bottled Vintage Porto ($17.99)
Very dark blackish-purple, scarlet glints against the light. Typical Port character, dried stone fruit and licorice aromas and flavors with more subtle notes of toasted hazelnuts. Full-bodied and sweet, with sharp, "grippy" acidity holding the fruit sugars in balance. Tannic astringency is present, but it's far from the fierce, bruising tannins you'd expect in a true Vintage Port at this age; bottled in 2005, its four years of oak and more time in bottle has fostered some mellowing, although a plate of cheese will still serve well to smooth out its rougher edges. US Importer: W. J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., Harrison, N.Y. (Oct 21, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect for after-dinner sipping, by itself or with cheese or cracked nuts.

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