The fresh, intoxicating aromas of blackberries are enhanced by a wonderfully aromatic, fragrant quality. A tremendous amount of depth and backbone for this finely tuned Port. Everything is in harmony and perfect balance. The dark berry fruit aromas marry beautifully with the tannins, leaving the mouth longing for more. A very good wine.
Storage: Bottles should lie horizontally, in a cool dark place. Matures slowly, develops and refines in the bottle for decades.
Serve: Decant and serve between 16 and 18ºC, in a suitable glass. Walnuts are an excellent complement to Vintage Port, as are various cheeses such as Stilton and Dorset Blue Vinny. So are dried fruits such as apricots or figs. Or just enjoy the unadulterated taste in a good glass with good company.
James Suckling November 2007 – 90 points: “Shows full of crushed berries and a wet earth character, full, soft and velvety, with lots of blackberry, licorice and mineral character, a generous fruity style, very sweet.”
The young Port show good structure with very fresh berry aromas, resulting from the cooler than normal maturation period. Garnet color with slow forming legs and aromas of blackberries and plums. Full body. Fleshy texture with a long finish – Dark almost black, viscous. Lots of fruit.
Reviews and prices:
90 points in Wine Spectator Magazine;
87 points in Wine & Spirits Magazine.