Over the past week I had the occasion to taste more dessert wines than is my habit.
Porto Quevedo - Although it has the structure of a port, its flavors are muddied. It comes with a rather cheap price tag, $20, but I'd gladly pay double for the Porto Cordovero, than settle for this. C-/*/N
Yarden T2 - This port like wine, had more flavor than the Quevedo, but did not offer the nuttiness I cherish in a port. Personally, the Porto Cordovero N.V. is the benchmark for all kosher port and port like wines, and the two wines I tasted aren't up to par. $40 for 750 mL. C+/*/N
Dalton Anna NV - This was by far the most enjoyable dessert wine I had in a while. It's a muscat based fortified wine. Given its high alcohol content and intense flavors, I would only use it as a digestif at the conclusion of a meal, by itself or with dessert, not so much as an apertif. It boasts intense flavors: the fruity are honeyed apricot and zesty orange rind, and the spicy are maple and caramel. The women used it as a substitute for liquor. It is not a subtle wine, and I wonder whether one would tire of it, after several helpings. That notwithstanding, this being my first time, I was very impressed by it. 18.5% AbV and $40 for 500 mL. A/**/Y
Grading for quality: A - marvelous, B - good/intriguing, C - mediocre/uninspiring, D - subjectively flawed, F - objectively flawed
Grading for value: *** - it's a steal, ** - it's a reasonable deal, * - you've been robbed
Indication of further interest: Y - would purchase again, N - no desire to purchase more