Nose of bitter orange, fig pudding, dried ginger, brown sugar, bitters, and sweet balsamic. Palate with bitter orange, dried orange rind, and pecan, with pecan and hazelnut notes lingering with bitter citrus on the finish.
Iberian Wine Dinner (Milford, CT): Very much a d'Oliveira wine... big, muscular and concentrated. Loaded with honey, citrus, burnt sugar and dried yellow fruits. The finish is intense, pungent, lip-pursing and full of bite. On the drier side, but not lacking in richness. The finish on this wine just knocked me out. A bit of VA, but not off-putting... just a whiff to add complexity. More of a wine to have by itself rather than with food, as this really has a lot going on.
Iberian dinner (Milford, CT): Comes across quite sweet after the Sercial, with rich honeyed, toffee, and molasses flavours framing an array of dried fruits, roasted nuts, and citrus peel. Full bodied on the palate with a very glossy, slightly oily texture, and plenty of sweetness that's very well balanced by the bright acidity here.
Nose of dried orange peel, dates, ginger, bitters, walnuts and very old balsamic. Palate with bitter orange, dried orange rind, warm rocks, suede and a very long finish with pecan at the very end. Pleasing balance of acidity and sweetness. Crisp and piercing on the tongue, this wine is a fitting end to a meal without oversaturating the palate. In a blind tasting I would not be able to pinpoint this as a 50 year old madeira, and I suspect it has a very long life in front of it.