At CVA's 50th birthday gala in NYC - Bouley Botanical - great setting and amazing evening. final wine of the evening, birth ear Port for CVA (and me)
Consistent with prior notes:"Color is fading, medium garnet with bricking at the edges. Intense nose, some heat in the beginning, spices, red fruits, cedar. Some were content to sit and sniff for the first 10 minutes. Palate was a cherry liqueur, spices, cinnamon, fruitcake. Mid and back palate had burnt sugar, caramel, mocha. Very nuanced and textured"
Great to see how a 52 year old port is holding up, special to drink even for non-Port drinkers. Hard to rate
A disappointing showing from a wine that I have enjoyed in the past. There was a sweetness and one-dimensional bright red fruit aspect to this that belied what has traditionally been a much deeper and more balanced wine for me. Perhaps this did not benefit from being paired with a rich dark chocolate souffle with salted caramel ice cream, or perhaps bottle conditions were not quite right.
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(Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage) Bricking medium red color with pale meniscus; tobacco, constrained nose, that starts to show TCA after 2 hours in the glass; baked cherry, dried cherry palate with a touch of TCA; long finish (decanted for about 3 hours)
(Taylor Fladgate) It had an amazing creaminess to it along with great molasses, caramel, and earthy flavors. The creaminess was outrageous as I have never experienced that in in port before. Stunning finish. Had a little heat but I guess that is the deal when it comes to port. I didn't mind it.
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