Best Inexpensive Fortified Wine

217630
Samson Estates
NV Cassis Black Currant Dessert Wine
Ruby garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of warm cassis compote, chocolate mint, and spiced nuts with a satiny, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long cranberry sauce, eucalyptus lemon lozenge, and menthol tobacco finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A rich, spicy fruit wine with great dimension and length.
94 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215940
Johnson Estate
"Maple" Estate Grown
Brilliant light amber color. Interesting, earthy rustic aromas and flavors of grappa, lacquer, suede, and honeyed dried peaches with a glycerous, soft, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long spiced apples and pears, chestnut nougat, and maple cream finish with light oak. A delicious and nuanced fortified dessert wine that evokes memories of Italy.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216065
La Quinta
NV Syrah Port Paso Robles
Dusty ruby black color. Dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of leather, cocoa and coconut, raisin box, and crayon and clay with a round, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length prune compote, spiced nuts, pencil shavings, and pepper dust and minerals finish with dusty, chewy tannins. A brooding Late-Bottle Vintage Port styled fortified wine with attractive earthiness and restraint.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215078
Koblevo
NV Royal Muscat Muscat Hamburg
Bright medium dark brick red color. Floral, fruity aromas of orange blossoms, roasted golden barley, sultana raisins, and fresh grapey finish with a lively, sweet full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217629
Samson Estates
NV "Blu" Blueberry Dessert Wine
Dusty garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of fresh blueberry cobbler, orange blossom honey, alpine herb-mint lozenge, and cherry cola with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, breezy spiced custard, sweet spices, and peppercorns finish with dusty tannins and no oak. A warming, spicy blueberry wine.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215077
Koblevo
NV Kagor Reserve Nikolaevskaya Oblast
Opaque dark ruby black color. Bright, fruity, sweet aromas of brandy marinated prunes, dried straw, dark chocolate - pine tree bark, and hard purple Christmas candy with a chewy, crisp, sweet full body and an interesting, fast finish with barky, grippy, hard tannins.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216893
Savory & James
Ruby Port Oporto
Opaque garnet black color. Sweet, jammy aromas and flavors of black raspberry jam, browns spices, dark chocolate, and jasmine and bark with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy spiced orange cake, herbal honey, and pink peppercorns finish. A nice port for cheeses, desserts, and cocktails.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216894
Savory & James
Tawny Port Oporto
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of honey baked cherries, caramelized pear and figs, mixed peppercorns, and sherried nuts with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-length prune juice, nuts, peppery spices, and bamboo finish. A solid port for cheeses and cocktails.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217631
Samson Estates
NV Framboise Raspberry Dessert Wine
Brilliant dark ruby color. Fresh, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of raspberries, rhubarb, tomato-cucumber relish, and dried herbs with a supple, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long strawberry sorbet and soda, fruit salad, raspberry phosphate, and chalk finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting berry wine with some fun flavor twists and turns.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216009
Northleaf Winery
NV Carte Blanche California
Bright golden amber color. Fruity, funky boozy toasty aromas of dried fruit - peaches, grape vodka, spiced lemon curd, and lemon/peach saltwater taffy with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish full body and a warming, complex, brisk finish with cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab