With the seventh vintage of this unique port-style Pinot noir (going back to 2008), this version of Coupe's Cuvée was sourced from the Luminous Hills Vineyard, specifically the 115 clone which provides a base of spiciness and richness. Fortified with brandy distilled from Pinot Noir grapes, and aged in neutral French oak barrels, it has finesse that is uncharacteristic of port. Ultimately, this is a Pinot noir first and a dessert wine second. With the residual sugar clocking in at just over 4%, it is enough to balance with the acidity, but not so much as to overwhelm the expression of the fruit. Given the base wine of Pinot noir, coupled with a seamless style of brandy, balancing acidity and lower residual sugar, this is a port that has the ability to pair with a wide range of foods from the usual port companions of chocolate, nuts and cheeses, but also with lighter fare – think pastries such as cheesecake with blueberries, or a custard like crème brûlée or an eclair.