A half bottle purchased and consumed in El Vino, Fleet Street. Deep red, firm rim with a magenta tone, 99% opaque. Subdued nose, showing some complexity - pine freshness rather than primary fruit; very attractive. The immediate impact on the palate is restrained, but then a huge wave of dense, sweet but perfumed fruit crashes over the tongue - perfectly balanced by gentle acidity and soft tannins. The aftertaste is big and generous, followed by a long length of dark chocolate and sweet black cherry. Served blind, I guessed this to be Vesuvio 1994 because of the density and sweetness of the fruit. 94/100. Drunk 14 Feb 2012.
The first time I have been able to try this port and I am very grateful for the opportunity - it really was a very impressive and youthful port.