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Dow's 1983 Vintage Porto ($36.99/375 ml)
Dow'sClear, dark garnet, almost opaque. Requires decanting to avoid heavy sediment in the bottle. Deep black plum aroma with hints of licorice. Warm and smooth, tannins still quite evident, perhaps softening to the extent that they form more of a structural element than a barrier to enjoyment. Very long and warming, still quite youthful even in the half-bottle format; tasted again after 24 hours in the decanter, it has hardly changed at all. U.S. importer: Premium Port Wines Inc., Sausalito, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2000)

FOOD MATCH: After-dinner sipping.

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Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port ($27.99)
Taylor FladgateClear dark amber with a reddish glint, on the red side for a Tawny. Appealing scents of stone fruit and orange peel, fresh and forward. Full and sweet flavor, burnt-sugar and stone fruit over crisp, lemony acidity. Smooth and warming, a pleasant after-dinner glass on a rainy early-autumn evening. U.S. importer: Kobrand Corp., NYC. (Sept. 25, 2000)

FOOD MATCH: Enjoyed as an after-dinner treat.

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