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Almost as dark in colour as the Gould Campbell 1970 drunk alongside. 60% opaque. Hot on the nose, some VA giving a slightly varnishy tone. Sweet and thick entry; but with a harshness that unbalances and dominates. Eventually the harshness fades and allows the mature fruit to the fore, showing as lots of red jelly beans. Harsh and acidic on the aftertaste, drying out the cheeks but finishing with a long fruit candy. 84/100. Drunk 27 September 2010.
In The Douro Valley with Friends, Harvest 2010:
- Friday 24 September 2010
- Saturday 25 September 2010
- Sunday 26 September 2010
- Monday 27 September 2010, afternoon
- Monday 27 September 2010, evening
T70: darkest at table, deep red, 60% opacity. To taste heat early palate. Then, mid palate, bitterness and sugar. Finally long sweetness marked with lavender. Mid- to light-weight.