Best Inexpensive Fortified Wine

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
220586
Savory & James
NV Deluxe Dry Fino Sherry Jerez
Golden straw color. Attractive, savory aromas of Marcona almonds with sea salt, dense bread, and salt preserved lemon with a round, racy, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long fallen apple, burre blanc, cinnamon stick, and coconut flesh finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nicely salty Fino for hors d’ouevres.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220584
Savory & James
NV Deluxe Quality Cream Sherry Jerez
Clear chocolate brown color. Attractive, yeasty aromas of fresh baked bread and chocolate covered dried fruits with a syrupy, vibrant, very sweet fat body and a tingling, carefree candied pecan, bran muffin, dried apricot and castelvetrano olive, and rum soaked raisin finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A satisfyingly sweet cream sherry for cocktails and desserts; try it over gelato or creme caramel.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218973
Porto Meneres
NV Fine Ruby Douro
Dark dusty garnet color. Candied aromas of sugared plums, saddle blanket, fresh mint, and bergamot with a velvety, lively, sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, long sugared plum, tobacco leaves, damp earth, and chocolate covered goji berry finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A solid ruby port with tons of complexity.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220634
Johnson Estate
NV Cherry Wine American
Bright brick red color. Sweet, fruity aromas of overripe raspberry, grape jelly jar, and gooseberry with a satiny, tangy, very sweet medium body and a peppery, easy sour peach, grape jelly and Nutella sandwich, chocolate covered mixed nuts, and black pepper finish with medium tannins. A sweet and rustic American fortified wine that will be very fun after dinner or in cocktails.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab