Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Not decanted (which was a pity) but drank slowly over Partagas Lusitania cigars (which was a delight). Semi-translucent rich deep dark ox-blood colour. Nose is attractively smooth and very masculine but quite reticent and seemingly young. The palate masks the alcohol well but this vintage is all about muscularity and structure and is still a work in progress......I drank mine from a Bordeaux glass, which helped a lot. It was a bit too late in the night to score this.
Medium, bright, clear ruby red in color with clearing at the edges. Full, forward, attractive & complex nose of mature & developed, red cherries, figs, plums & raspberries with spice & floral notes, orange rind, some cocoa, dried herbs, dark molasses, earthy, nutty, leather, cedar and a bit of heat (Alc. @ 20.7%). Medium-full bodied with a good concentration of well balanced, mature & developed, silky smooth textured & elegant, complex, ripe fruit flavors of dried cherries, raspberries, figs, raisins & plums with spices, earthy, minerals and a touch of vanilla. Long lingering velvety finish with a bit of heat. Drinks quite well at present and appears to at its apogee of development although it should hold at this plateau for longer.
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(Graham's Vintage Port) At a little over thirty years of age, and after exactly that number of years in bottle, this wine has a lovely colour, appearing quite mature in the glass, losing some depth of hue, although it is certainly not pale. The nose is divine, taking some time to open up naturally, but then it begins to reveal its perfumed beauty, with a blend of violet petals and raspberries on toast. These early and bright fruit characteristics are followed by notes of darker fruits, cloves, touches of white chocolate and a little spirit still, this latter element fading as I enjoy this wine over the course of three days, without any sign of significant deterioration. It has a lovely somewhat creamy texture on entry, then showing some structure through the middle, tannic, grippy and a touch spirity still, but with a gentle, caressing substance alongside. Savoury, sweet but aromatic, firm, but what is most impressive is its light footed nature, bright and yet substantial, elegant even. This is still certainly packed full of potential though, and although delightful to drink now this will undoubtedly continue to age gracefully in the cellar for a couple of decades yet, perhaps longer.