About Fortified Wines

A fortified wine is one in which a neutral alcoholic spirit or grape brandy has been added to increase the alcoholic level. Famous examples include port, sherry and vermouth.

When the brandy or neutral spirit is added, alcohol increased from 14% to a level between 18% to 20%, taking them out of the table wine category. Fortified wines in many countries are thus taxed at a higher rate than table wines.
Top Picks for Fortified
218119
Château Élan
NV Port Reserve American
Opaque garnet black color. Baked, fruity aromas and flavors of berry-peach compote, spices, cocoa, and brown butter with a velvety, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a complex, long caramelized nuts, prunes and fruit leather, sweet and peppery spices, and cedar and earth finish. A remarkable domestic recreation of a fine, well-aged vintage Oporto.
95 points $36.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222300
Robledo
NV Mamma Maria's White Port Sauvignon Blanc
Golden amber color. Interesting, inviting aromas of hay, dried fruits, toasted nuts, and toffee with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, subtle, very long dried apricot, salted butterscotch, caramel corn, and peppermint finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. An endless white port to delight your guest’s taste buds; a must-try.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220385
Coyote Moon Vineyards
2013 Perpetua Port-Style New York State
Dark black garnet color. Fruity aroma of table grapes with a lightly tannic, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a hot, medium-long raisin and chocolate, spice cake, leather and mint, and sweet pea blossom finish with well-integrated tannins. A distinctive port that makes exceptional use of the Marquette grape.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218971
Porto Meneres
2012 LBV Douro
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, pencil shavings, cocoa, and caramel with a tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an elegant, long chocolate orange peels, sasparilla float, cherry cola, and pepper finish with chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A robust and flavorful LBV port that has a lot to offer.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220582
Savory & James
NV Fine Ruby Porto Portugal
Ruby black color. Interesting, nutty aromas of caramelized peanuts, caramel covered popcorn, and blackberry jam with a slightly chewy, lively, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length sweet tarragon and milk chocolate finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A complex and nutty ruby port that over-performs for the category.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220583
Savory & James
NV Fine Tawny Porto Portugal
Copper color. Spicy aromas of leather wallet, ripe forest berries, fresh foraged herbs, and spiced orange tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-long bread pudding with caramel sauce, dried dates and figs, and eucalyptus finish with light oak. A lip-smacking, fruity tawny Porto for after dinner, cocktails, or cheese pairings.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220585
Savory & James
NV Deluxe Medium Amontillado Sherry Jerez
Mahogany brown color. Toasty, yeasty aromas of raisin, panettone, cocoa powder, and almond meal and fresh baked croissant with a satiny, racy, off-dry medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long dried figs and dates, chocolate batter, and anisette biscotti finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A rich and chocolatey Amontillado with singing acidity.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218974
Porto Meneres
NV Fine Tawny Douro
Medium dusty ruby color. Inviting, minty aromas of blueberry jam, mint chocolate cookie, caribbean spices, and burnt sugar with a round, tangy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-long blueberry compote, Caribbean spices, tanned leather, and smoky cedar finish with dusty, fine tannins and light oak. A solid tawny port that will be versatile.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222240
White Pine
2016 Mirage Reserve Chambourcin
Bright dark violet color. Aromas of mulberry, bramble, and wild mint with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a warming, compelling, relaxed fruitcake, chocolate covered butterscotch, and English toffee finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A port-style wine for delicious dessert pairings.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220455
Wollersheim
2014 White Port American
Gold color. Floral, exotic aromas of honeysuckle, nectarine, ripe melon, and vanilla taffy with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length ginger and asian pear, white pepper, caramelized pears, and passion fruit finish with medium, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tropical white port for cocktails, desserts, and casual sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab