First bottle (of port) of the Autumn. As per earlier notes; the racy vinous character of this medium bodied but long lasting port perfectly suited to the season. 2030 and probably well beyond. Great quality, great value to boot.
Clear, deep ruby with some sediment. Clean, medium-intensity, youthful nose, with aromas of alcohol, stewed cherries and raspberries, and cinnamon. Sweet on the palate, medium+ body, high alcohol, medium+ intensity, medium acid, medium- tannin, and flavors of raisin, fig, prune, dried cherry and plum, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and coffee. Medium+ finish. Good, too young, premium price.
Not to everyone's taste, but I have long enjoyed the vinous character of this vintage port - and the 2000 is no exception stylistically. Nose of ripe plum, fig and smoke, carried forward with sweet entry in the mouth immediately balanced with a touch of alcohol heat, liquorice and hints of charred oak. Even in its relative youth perfectly drinkable VP in a concentrated but medium bodied frame. Will never achieve the profundity and depth of its more famous cousins, but drinks well young and will hold up well at this level, in my experience, for 20-30+ years from vintage. A turn-to vintage port that represents excellent quality and amazing value. Now to at least 2030. 91+.
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