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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

N/V Dow's Fine Ruby Port

As the name of the wine says, it's "fine." Not much else. Ruby Port is the generally the cheapest and simplest Port out there and one shouldn't expect much more than that.

It's fruity, there's a bit of a burn on the finish, and has none of the nutty flavors you get in a Tawny. For $11, it's perfectly acceptable. It will probably sit on the shelf for a few weeks, perhaps I'll have a glass every so often but I really see this going into sauces.

This is the first time I've had a Ruby Port in a while and to be honest, I'm probably not going to be buying another bottle for a long time unless I get into poached Pears again come the fall. For what it is, it's good, I certainly won't be pouring this down the drain, but since a bottle of Port lasts so long (it can go three months after opening) and you really only need a couple ounces at a time, I'd rather spend a bit more money and get something truly excellent.


Colonel Mike said...

I'll give it a try. Right now I'm stuck with a bottle of 1895 Brook's Empress Port. It's retail value is approx. $8000. I can't find a buyer who will buy it and because of it's value, I dare not drink it.
There is a lot to be said of a good reasonably priced port.

thewineauxs said...

I know there are some wine auction houses but I've never looked into them, if something is up for auction it's probably way out of my price range.

An outstanding bottle of Port that my local shop has for $13 is: Trevor Jones "Jonesy" Old Tawny Port for Australia. I'd buy it by the case if I had a cellar.