Only one bottle left after this. Cork came out remarkably cleanly for an old port, though me decanting could have been better. A good inch of sludge remaining. The nose was quite evident during the process and in the glass it's better than ever. That heady plum/caramel and vanilla that takes SO long to mature. In the mouth, it remains as sumptuous as reported earler.
See previous note from 2/10. The wine continues to improve. An explosion of sweetness and pepper in the mouth with a long lingering and succulent finish. This was a pre Christmas sneak preview sipped by the fireside in the first (and unexpected) Cape Cod snowstorm of the season.
Champagne, Fonseca and two Ohio Chards: Great showing for this bottle. Light ruby in color. The nose is incredible. Complex, earthy, with black raspberries and black licorice. On the palate, complex and smooth. No trace of heat. Cherries and raspberries. Long finish. Outstanding. Took 6 out of 8 first place votes.
Opened for dinner with Linas & Asta. Tasting note from memory. Mature, dark to medium orange and a bit lighter in style than I would have expected. Seems to be drinking well now and is mature. Enjoyed it, but wasn't blown away.