Rozès Porto 2000 Vintage Port, $34.99-$79.99, 90 points, poured a deep cloudy cranberry red with a bleeding broad rim and dense hanging legs.
Aromatic raisins, plums, and blackberry liqueur were rich.
Full-bodied with fair acidity and an underlayment of soft supportive tannins delivered brandy-packed flavors reflective of the aromas, and did so surprisingly smoothly, making for a rather quaffable 'wine' of 20% alcohol.
Finished long and spicy on the trailing palate, and paired perfectly with my British Sticky Toffee Pudding dessert.
The more I taste Port, the more I enjoy and see the value of it: a 'wine' that keeps you company for at least a month without degrading into something unpalatable; a 'wine' that may be sipped, partners well with almost anything chocolate (good-for-you chocolate), savory meats, and cheese; Port can be so good as to garner the highest praises from wine reviewers, which to me means value and refinement; and if I were to only occasionally drink red wine, it would definitely be port (JMO)!
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