Maker: Fonseca Guimaraens, Valença do Doura, Portugal
Style: Ruby Port
Purchased for $20
Appearance: Dark burgundy
Nose: Grape jelly, alcohol, blueberries, blackberries, clove.
On the palate: Medium bodied and sweet. Strawberry jam, grape juice.
Finish: Black currant, oak. Fades fairly quickly.
Parting words: Bin No. 27 is a fine Port at a decent price, but without much to distinguish itself from the competition. For a “super ruby” I would expect a bit more punch, but if you’re looking for a tasty, easy drinking Port for after a festive holiday feast Bin No. 27 does the job. It is recommended.
Maker: Symington, Oporto, Portugul
Style: Tawny Port
Age: 10 y/o (bottled 2009)
Appearance: Rust-colored with quick legs.
Nose: leather, blueberry jam, black raspberries, alcohol.
On the palate: Medium bodied and sweet. Red currant jelly, allspice, clove, nutmeg, black cherry, oak, alcohol.
Finish: a hint of wood, berry jam, a bit of pumpkin spice.
Parting words: Otima 10 is the first tawny Port I’ve had in a long time. It’s much better than the supermarket garbage I used to get in my college days. While I don’t think tawny is my favorite style of Port, this one is certainly a very tasty wine that pairs very well with chocolate and rich desserts. It has that distinct leathery taste that all tawny Ports have, but with enough fruit to keep it from becoming unpleasant. It is easy to find and easy to drink. Simple, but sometimes that’s all you need. Otima 10 is recommended.