Hazy, dark caramel color, fading to yellow-green at the rim. Prickly nose of bright candied citrus and celery seed. Excellent complexity on the palate, adding toasted sesame, baking spice, raisin, and burnt chocolate, with fine acidity to balance the sweetness. Exceptionally long and clean finish. Superb Port, I would gladly take 10 of these for the price of one Scion.
Wine Bash of the Year 2012 (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): Wow. Supposedly a Colheita dating back to the late 1800s and bottled in 2001 by Niepoort, this was incredibly good - together with the 1989 Huët Cuvée Constance, the pair of sweets really ended the night on a one-two knockout punch. This had the best nose of the night, with layer after beautiful layer of treacle and caramel and cocoa butter and liquered chocolate aromas just tumbling out of the glass ahead of just slightly more laidback scents of black cherries, earth and mineral. Wonderful stuff, with not a whiff of alcohol in there at all. Jawdroppingly good on the palate too, this showed profound depth in its rich flavours of dark chocolate coated over a reservoir of black cherries and dried cranberries, rasisins and berries, along with slightly oxidative Colheita notes of apple and fig skin notes, all leading into vast earthy, minerally depth with reams of Christmas spice coating the mouth in one of the greatest finishes of any wine I have ever had. This clung to the palate for minutes. However, for all that profound depth and complexity, it was actually the balance and purity in the wine that made it really special. It was so wonderfully balanced and poised, with a fresh liveliness that belied its weight, keeping it immsensely drinkable, with a not a whiff of alcohol to disturb the overall shape of the wine. This was tremendous - a great port, and a great way to end the night.
This was ridiculously good. One of the better wood aged ports I've had. My first impression was that of liquid pecan pie, with flamboyant aromas of nuts, caramel, chocolate and baking spices. While these are typical flavors of wood-aged ports, this wine distinguishes itself with the intensity of these flavors, the fanatical "cling" on the palate and the balancing acidity... almost like a fine Madeira. Superb length and complexity.
Oh, my. This is a real treat. A remarkable nutty, sweet fragrance that's hard to put into words, and just amazing complexity on the palate with nutty, smoky, caramel, savoury and so many other dimensions of flavour coming together here that it's hard to put it into words. The balance is impeccable, there's stunning length and finesse - this is really something special. Thanks Marco.
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