The current offering from TBH by the glass. This was taken from a freshly opened bottle.
Deep rose red in colour, 90% opaque - looking young but inviting. Elegant and attractive on the nose, plenty of complexity with flowers and fruit - perhaps even a bit of tankiness - and a touch of harshness from the alcohol. A swirl softens the harshness and brings out more of the sweet fruit. Nice texture on the palate, very smooth bringing a gentle fruit-dominated palate that has several enjoyable layers - with the flowers coming through on the late palate. The sweetness is offset by the pronounced acidity and the tannins are pretty much fully resolved showing only with a bit of aeration; perhaps a longer decant would bring them out more. The tannins do show as a slight pepperines on the finish that is otherwise dominated by the big dark fruit throughout the entire impressive duration. Slightly lighter than mid-weight, this is a flavoursome Port which is drinking well now and will continue to drink well for many more years. 89/100. Drunk 05-Feb-14. Decanted 1 hour.
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