N.V. Fonseca Bin No.27 Finest Reserve Porto 375 ml

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Oporto
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 87
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 20.0%
Price :
$4.99
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"Fresh and grapey, with plenty of grip and power behind dark plum, chocolate and berry flavors that feature slate and pepper notes. Drink now through 2020. –KM" (WS)

"The NV Bin No. 27 Ruby Reserve Port is a blend of typical Douro grapes held for four years in used French oak. It comes in with 97 grams per liter of residual sugar. This was a from a July 2018 bottling (although, unless you can read production stamps, that isn't so easy to determine). This reliable old friend has reasonable everything-intensity of flavor, concentration and structure. That last one might be the best part, though, as it shows some pop on the finish. Dry and tight, this familiar brand does nicely at a very nice price. If you choose to age it, it can probably hold decently barring cork failures, but aging is not the point here." (WA)

"Good medium-deep red. Aromas of red fruits, tar and smoked meat. Fat, lush and sweet; flavors of black cherry and earth. Slightly fiery but persistent back end." (VM)

"Full, rich and fruity wine, enticingly aromatic, with strawberry fruits and an easy, just tannic edge. The wine is soft, ripe, the fruits finely balanced with acidity." (WE)

Winery Notes:
"Reserve" is descriptive of a type of port blended from high quality reserve wines from a range of vintages, which, similar to late bottled vintage port, shows some of the characteristics of true vintage port. Most reserve ports, which have only become widely commercialized since the 1950s, carry a brand name and vary widely in style from house to house.

Fonseca Bin No. 27 was created over a century ago for family consumption, and only released commercially in 1972. It is produced primarily from wines from Fonseca's own quintas in the Cima Corgo and thus shows an exceptional quality and consistency from year to year. Blended from reserve wines selected for their intense fruit character and depth of color, Fonseca Bin No. 27 spends four years in large wood vats prior to bottling.

Although it may improve slightly with bottle age, Bin No. 27 is ready to consume when bottled. It does not require decanting, as a cold precipitation prior to bottling prevents any "crust" from forming. Fonseca Bin No. 27 is one of the most widely consumed vintage character ports in the United States, and Fonseca's standard bearer worldwide.

Its well-knit structure, rich, velvety full body and luscious blackcurrant and cherry flavors, also evident in the nose, carry into an intense, lingering finish.

Bin No. 27 should be served at room temperature either alone or with simple, classic last courses and desserts. It is best consumed within two weeks after uncorking.