An unfiltered LBV; the first of some half-bottles I’ve recently acquired for regular drinking. Despite having a few years in the bottle (and being unfiltered), the cork showed almost no impregnation and there was almost no sediment. The colour is still dark but not entirely opaque, lighting to a dark rusty colour at the rim.
Drinking an hour after decanting, it’s quite pleasant on the nose: a rich aroma with some cherries and a little rosewater. This carries on into the initial taste in the mouth, which is then followed by a bit of peppery heat. The after-taste is short but pleasant. A combination of licorice and almonds.
Reading back through my notes of the 2001, the initial wateriness of this seems comparable.
A perfectly acceptable Port for its purpose.
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