Dashe 2006 Late Harvest Zinfandel Dry Creek

This family-owned boutique winery in California doesn’t make a large quantity of this truly remarkable wine (586 cases) but it’s worth the effort to find it. Chocolatey, with rich blueberry-pie-filling flavors and dried cherry. You’d think it would be cloyingly sweet with this flavor activity but it’s kept in check with a refreshing acidity. 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Warre Ottima 10-year Tawny Port

From one of Portugal’s oldest port houses in existence comes a relatively affordable juice. Lighter in style (but not in flavor) than many other tawnies, it’s raisiny with toasted hazelnuts, sweet toffee and a hint of pine.4 stars out of 5. Sweetness=7 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $26

Benjamin Tawny Port

4 stars out of 5. Sweetness=6 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $12

Clocktower Tawny Port

3.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=6 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $15

Fonseca Bin 27

4 stars out of 5. Sweetness=5 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $18

Grant Burge 10-Year Tawny Port

4.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=7 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $20

Galway Pipe Tawny Port

Tastes like walnuts and macadamia nuts sautéed in creamy butter, then drizzled with sweet, opulent caramel. Has a beautiful, never-ending, prune-tinged finish. Simply gorgeous and worth like $90. 4.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=7 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $30.

Sandeman 20-Year Tawny

4 stars out of 5. Sweetness=8 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $40

Taylor Fladgate 40-Year Tawny Port

5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=6 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $135

Graham 10-Year Tawny Port

3.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=7 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $30