Now that my cherished bottle of 1984 Waree's LBV (late bottled vintage) port is exhausted, I realize that it is time to move on to greener pastures. I therefore bought a bottle of 1990 Warre's LBV to drink. I paid $20.

This port was prepared in the traditional way, the wine remaining unfiltered. This results in a substantial deposit forming over the course of the years (and it has been nearly 11), but it is this sediment that allows the wine to continue to gain character. And this port has used its time well. It has a deep maroon color, and is extremely inky--to the point where it is difficult to see light through it. The complex aroma includes scents of mint, tobacco, and leather; and a sip reveals layer after layer of tastes--very sweet (but not overly so) and it is done in a way that does not obscure its original grapiness. The finish is long and lingering, like the sweet memory of a long-ago summer day. You just sit back and smile. This is a great port for the money, and I highly recommend it.

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