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
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
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
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
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
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
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