At this stage just a sweet dessertwine without any finesse or elegance. I had a Tayolor 2004 vintage some months ago and thought it was great drinking a vintage port early, but this was far from providing the same pleasure.
Blackberries, liquorice, some prunes and raisins, violets. Sweet, good concentration, pure, the tannins are well embedded in the sweetness and fruit. Elegant! Surprisingly drinkable now, but will of course develop for a long time. 94+ p. This was my first encounter with 2011 Vintage Port, a vintage that has been much praised already, and this wine didn't disappoint.
NR. Obviously very primary, dense, plenty of sweet fruit, leafy green aromas, violet. Textbook acidity and tannin. Any impression at this early stage is fraught with peril but I have a sense that the '11 vintage has brought out a very deep leafy aspect in the wines, and the Graham's was the most obvious example. We'll see. Very far from integrated of course, but the elements are there. Don't touch this until 2031, at the very earliest.
Opaque purple; the softest and sweetest of the ports tasted, this is very plummy with blackberry, the acidity is not as noticeable but it's there because the wine finishes very fresh, an easier drinker; very good.
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