May 14, 2018 - Decanted about 5 hours. Nose of licorice, dried plums and anise. This is now starting its transition to secondary notes, while still retaining some of those primary dark stone fruits as well. The soft tannins have not fully resolved yet and there is plenty of acidity to keep this really fresh and vibrant. Love the saddle leather, menthol, and tea leaves which show up on the moderately long spicy finish. Not fully mature yet, but none the less in a really nice spot at the moment.
September 9, 2016 - Note: I use a rating scale for which 85 represents a very good wine.
Looking back, I think this wine drank better earlier. Still a decent Port. If my sentence was to drink this every day, I am yours.
May 13, 2016 - Note: I use a rating scale on which 85 represents a very good wine.
Drank over a few days, opened up a bit over this time. My impression is similar to those of numerous others -- no great drama here, but nothing to scoff at. Nicely balanced, reasonable grip. Nothing out of line. I have one more and I am not worried about drinking it immediately.
September 29, 2015 - 2015 FTLOP Havest Tour; 9/26/2015-10/3/2015 (Portugal): Bottled in 2008. Dark purple with bricking on the edges. Violet and some herbal notes on the nose. Unctuous mouthfeel. Blackberry and some dark plum on the palate. Grippy tannins on the mid-palate and some fresh acidity with a touch of bitterness on the finish.
November 30, 2014 - Too far in the past to provide an informed TN, but the bottle was enjoyable.
October 5, 2012 - Similar to previous experiences with this bottle. Simple, open knit, good QPR. Generally a good crowd pleaser. I think this still has several good years left.
January 2, 2012 - Maybe not the best idea to open a bottle of port and Pedro Ximenez 1927 sherry after drinking too much already. Comparable: Jose Canseco.
February 9, 2011 - At this point, I will not provide a point-based rating because I could not "get a handle" on this bottle. Drier and crisper (if that is appropriate for a Port) than most Ports I have had. Good acidity. Good flavors. Enjoyable. Will see more tomorrow.
Update over a few days and a few tastings -- took a bit to get a feel for this bottle. It is one of the first Ports I have had that drank like a wine. Dry (others have been), but a bit lighter. Very nice.
August 19, 2010 - Consumed over two weeks. Stopped and kept in frige in between. Stayed perfect the whole time. Very nice.
August 3, 2010 - Certainly not going to drink this all in one night, so I'll track my thoughts as it evolves after the cork is popped:
Day 1: Very dark with a Coca-Cola cloying sweetness upon opening; definitely needs some time to open up, and more importantly, some age.
Day 2: It's opened up quite a bit, with some good pruney black cherry fruit and a bit of interesting spiciness on the back end, almost vegetal. Still plenty of cola as well, and very sweet. I like this a lot, and definitely at this price. Tentatively a 90; we'll see how it develops over a little more time.
Day 5: Well-integrated, as expected, but getting a little boozy. There's almost a little bit of rum on the nose, and just a little heat going down. Still the port I remember, though, with plenty of dry, pruney cherries forward and a cola sweetness and herbal spiciness on the back (a previous note describing it as anise was spot-on).
Day 8: A little chocolate showing up on the nose, and still very composed on the palate. Either my palate deceives me, or there's even the slightest hint of some minerality near the finish. Still quite good.
Day 12: Still holding strong as remembered. A quarter of the bottle left will surely disappear over the next week or so. Overall, this is a solid effort. Still a well-deserved 90 in my book.