Bright yellow colour. Rather powerful nose of ripe yellow fruit, zest, some beeswax and honey, somewhat aromatic and perfumed. Palate with ripe citrus, some tropical fruit, rather high acidity, some grapefruit bitterness, rather pronounced mineral notes. Foody, rather ready to drink. This is a wine in the typical fruity and powerful Zind-Humbrecht style, but despite this and a hot vintage it is a dry wine that shows mineral notes. So I think this wine should appeal also to those who prefer their Alsace Rieslings completely dry.
A mostly fruity nose with ripe banana and yellow fruit, oak barrel notes with some vanilla, spice, slightly nutty, generally somewhat “muted” aromas. Somewhat alcoholic on the palate, dry-ish, definitely oily, yellow fruit with some banana, rather notable bitterness. Rather alcoholic aftertaste. Foody and concentrated, but lacks the freshness of e.g. a good dry Sherry.
Light to medium red colour, slightly paler edge. Nose with dried berries, some tar, spice, a hint of raisin and dates, some chocolate, slightly flowery. Rather intense nose. Sweet on the palate, spice, alcoholic, dried red berries, good acidity, rather good intensity of aromas. Good and long aftertaste with red berries, sweetness and spice.
Light red colour, brick-coloured edge. Nose with dried red berries, hints of dried orange zest, slightly oxidised notes with a hint of mild dried spices, toffee and fudge, flowery and elegant. Sweet palate, powerful notes of dried red berries, dried zest, good acidity, good concentration of aromas. Quite long aftertaste with dried berries, good acidity and some spice. More oxidised notes than the 10 Year Old but also more elegance, and more intensity on the palate.
Deep dark red colour. In the nose dark berries, quite spicy, chocolate, good aroma intensity. Rather sweet on the palate, quite spicy, alcoholic, dark berries, medium concentration, good acidity. This wine was less aromatic than all the Vintage Ports (including the Quinta Ports) of the same tasting.
Nose of dark and red berries, raisins, very flowery with violets, spice and chocholate. Nuanced nose. Clearly sweet on the palate, dark berries, spice, good intensity, well polished tannins, long aftertaste with some alcohol. Nice maturity but only at the start of its drinking window.
Nose with dark berries, tar, chocolate, spice, somewhat aromatic and flowery, some crushed stone. Sweet palate, dark berries, spice, medium+ tannins, aftertaste with some spice and bitterness. Drinkable now, but can develop more. 89+ p. Currently less expressive than the 1995, and with more obvious tannins.
Nose with concentrated red and dark berries, flowery with violets, perfumed, some tar, very elegant and expressive. Sweet palate, quite spicy, dark berries, good intensity, medium+ tannin but with pleasant structure. Young, but accessible.
Nose with dark berries, raisins, mineral with stone dust, spice, flowery notes with violets, very elegant with some development. Sweet palate, dark and red berries, quite intense, clearly spicy, obvious tannins but with good structure, the alcohol is very well imbedded. Rather young, but with some development. Comes across as a Vintage Port of very classical build, and time-wise I’m sure it has half its journey to the top still ahead of it.
Nose with dark berries, spice, chocolate, some tar, mineral with crushed slate, flowery and aromatic with violets. Clearly sweet on the palate, alcoholic, spice, dark berries with good intensity, powerful but embedded tannins. Impressive but young, 93+ p. More spicy and with darker aromas than the 2000, and sweeter on the palate, so it shows that it comes from a hot vintage. For those who prefer to drink Ports young, I’m sure this could work well with e.g. chocolate already.