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Community Tasting Notes (58) Avg Score: 95.7 points

  • Delicious !

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  • Audozed 8 hours; 375ml. Simple, really sweet, and stuffed with undeveloped complexity. A richly intoxicating, and suggestive concoction, but one that's a few decades away from being interesting, for me.

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  • First taste of this spectacular port. Opened with some port aficionados and they did not want me to open it. Should wait several more years. No way, had to taste. Did not really let it decant for more than a half hour which is not really fair. It was exceptional! Maybe the best port I ever tasted. Have two bottles left and will wait for many years to open next one. Should only get better.

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  • I can think of no better way to conclude a spectacular tasting with great friends than opening a bottle of this transcendent potion, to my mind the benchmark of mainstream 2011 Vintage Port...alongside the same vintage 2011 Graham's The Stone Terraces, no less!

    This wine had been decanted for about three hours when I poured it...not nearly long enough. The volume of layered substance it encapsulates bends the mind. Concentrated, seemingly naturally sweetened, blueberry, boysenberry, huckleberry, blackberry, and blackcurrant, lightly sweetened, very dark coco nibs, whole espresso beans, lightly sweetened black molasses, and a suspension Obsidian and Pāhoehoe lava envelope a core of dark chocolate ganache, granite, and mineral ores. Indescribably complex!

    Poured blind to several experienced tasters, opinions were split as to whether this was the Dow's or the Graham's, which was the more rustic, and which was the prettiest. To me, this was the King, whereas the Graham's showed as a profoundly perfumed, ethereal 'other'. The Queen perhaps, though probably better described as an unequivocally stately, deeply beguiling, consul from afar.

    Both wines held form on the second day, with this revealing more of its bewildering depth and frame. Sheer delight! My time on earth will pass long before this fades. 98-99!

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  • Uncorked in the morning then consumed over several nights. Huh. I am in the minority on this one. A very smooth and tasty port certainly with potential, but at this point in its life, this bottle offered only very simple fruit flavors. Not much about complexity in the reviews below. More in the very low 90's for me.

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  • By Michael Godel
    11/15/2014, (See more on WineAlign...)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By David Lawrason
    11/1/2013, (See more on WineAlign...)

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