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Decanted very cleanly through unbleached coffee filter paper. Surprisingly deep red in the centre with a slight hint of orange on the rim - the sort of colour that promises a pleasant secondary maturity. Dusty strawberries on the nose, sweet and slightly syrupy. Slightly thin texture in the mouth and a little simple with the flavour profile. Still tannic and with promising levels of acidity but less depth and complexity than I would look for in a great port. Dry aftertaste, dominated initially by the cocoa of the tannins and some spirit showing through but a very good and pleasant length. This is perfect port for sharing with friends while gossiping and not wanting the port to be the centre of attention. 85/100. Drunk after 3 hours of decanter time.
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I've had this several times and it has always been a very pleasant VP. Fully mature, not in decline though, that should hold here for at least another 6-8 years without issues. Since this can normally be found rather cheap, it makes an ideal mature "house" VP or when as Alex mentioned you want something nice without it being the center of attention.