2012 Diamondback Vineyards ‘Bella Forte’, Gold Vineyard, Oregon

This Port-style dessert wine can’t be labeled “Port” because it wasn’t made in Portugal. But trust us: If you love “the real thing,” you’ll love this Oregon version, crafted by a vintner (John Quinones) who was educated by Portugal’s top Port-makers. Berry aromas — blackberry, boysenberry, black raspberry — jump from the glass, and the flavors match the aromas as the wine coats the mouth in preparation for a long and sweet (and not even slightly hot) finish. One of the top 10 “Ports” — from Portugal or otherwise — we’ve ever tasted.

MSRP: $60 (per 500-ml. bottle)

Wine Lines rating: 96

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