Purity of fruit and excellent balance. A lovely porto, with no discernable flaws, but needs time too develop some (more) secondary notes. Long finish. A baby, so score is a bit of a prediction, but I'm confident :-) PDQ94+
Clear, deep purple in color; richly appointed aromas of fresh violet, dried orange peel, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, cocoa and allspice waft from the glass. Dry, with medium levels of acidity and alcohol; a decadent bouquet of aforementioned flavors is triumphantly on full display. Deftly balanced, velvet textured; with a long luxurious, mouth-coating finish. Absolutely stunning for such a young port!
I had the good fortune of retasting this elixir--the remaining portion of two 10-hour-long decanted bottles, subsequently repoured into one of the bottles and recorked, non-refrigerated--four days (about 100 hours) after they were first opened. It had shed some of its baby fat and showed prominent dry wine qualities, including inerals, tobacco, ash, and Douro terroir. Overall, while grapey, the wine featured a liquefied, candied mineral-terroir element all but impossible to describe. Incredibly dense, rich, and pure. Drink through 2060. 97-99.
Tasted upon opening around midday, with a dinner dessert course after a lengthy decant, and as a nightcap. Deep, opaque purple with blue hues. Very, very young...but oh so enjoyable. The heady, floral, inky, and saline bouquet spills over from the glass. Aside from the perfect sweetness level, this elixir in some ways drinks like an unfortified wine, showing tremendous focus of fruit, structure, earthiness, and minerality. The roundness and texture are essentially indescribable and there is no indication of heat.
The wine is grapey but that is a function of youth. As enjoyable as it is now, the wine only hints at its actual richness and depth, which only time will unlock. Powerful substance, acid, and structure make this a wine for the ages. Indeed, in fifty years it may still be young. Elated to have had the experience of tasting this, and even more so to own a bottle! If rating for right now, 97, but a score of 98+ seems probable with time. Utterly delightful, pure pleasure!
I found this at a fantastic price, so thought I'd share with the extended family over dessert/after dinner. Yes, way too young, but absolutely no regrets. On opening, the mix of blackberry & orange peel is pronounced. A wine you can sniff all day long. Beautiful palate with velvety, opulent texture. Dark fruits lead to date & fig, still driven by that spiced orange zest from the nose. Youthful tannins frame this beast. The finish is never ending.
Paired with a Chocolate Ganache cake. I lost interest in the cake quickly & savored my glass of this. Stunning.
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