A private dinner (Waver, Ouder-Amstel, NL): Pale colour but not bricked through; complex and deep nose of candied fruit and spices, floral lift, tangerine, pure, vestiges of liquorous black cherry, touch of wood, hint of VA; intense and powerful palate with real drive, freshness and energy, elegantly sweet, flowing, resolved tannins, juicy fruit, warm but clean flavours; complete finish, very good length, considerable but not unpleasant back-end heat.
Very pale in colour. So airy, light, and feminine, and very showing tons of florals and pale red fruit. The palate is extremely light as well, with only a touch of sweetness, and barely a hint of tannin or spirit. What an elegant showing and lovely bottle of Port. Thanks, Mark!
Figs, raisins, warm and gentle spice, very long finish. Despite a very soggy and disintegrating cork, this bottle was still quite fresh, and on this evidence would be good for another 10 years at least and possibly 20?
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(Croft Porto Vintage) Bricking medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; berry, roasted, pepper nose; tasty, cherry, raspberry palate, with a little heat, more mellow than the '66 and '70 vintages; long finish 93+ pts. (decanted for about 3 hours)