This dessert wine is about as strong of a sweet red wine you may get before fortifying it and turning it into a full-fledged port. For all practical purposes, it is an unfortified port with a deep ruby red color and hints of vanilla. It is well balanced and is very fruity to boot. Keep a bottle or two of this one around the next time life throws you a fast curve ball. At least you’ll be able to play another day and it will help take the sting out of your pain.