Review: Sandeman Ruby Porto and Founders Reserve Porto (2012)

Review: Sandeman Ruby Porto and Founders Reserve Porto (2012)

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get good quality Port. These two Ruby Ports from Sandeman show that you can get solid dessert wines for under 20 bucks. Not familiar with Ruby Port? Ruby is (of course) the cheapest and least complex Port, a blend of wines that sit in neutral (not wood) tanks for, well, as long as it takes.

NV Sandeman Ruby Porto – Light in body and heavy on the fruit jam character. With a lush fruit flavor profile and at 19.5% alcohol, today it could almost be mistaken for one of your more ostentatious Zinfandels. The heavy raisin, cocoa, and light tobacco character on the finish are of course a giveaway that you’re drinking Ruby. Perfectly serviceable as a dessert tipple. B / $14 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]

NV Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto (2012) -This raises the game with a touch more complexity, with more woody notes, leather, tar, and dark cherries to give a bit of balance to the jammy fruit character. A blend of ports aged for five years before release, Founders Reserve doesn’t represent a significant price hike, but it’s distinctly more worthwhile. 20% alcohol. B+ / $18 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

NV Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto (2012)




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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous on October 1, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    This is what I’m drinking tonight baby. You will like it too! It kinda tastes like Zinfandel! Now, go win us some money!

    Love you xxx

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