Mature red with nice pigmentation, 60% opaque. Lovely nose of warm fruit, gently spiced and stewed with cloves and tobacco. Really complex nose, very nice. Round and flavoursome on entry; soft and sweet, gentle yet also well rounded. A lovely balance on the palate — and air releases lots more flavour and fragrance. Lots going on in this palate, and a wine which is still quite youthful. Some heat on the aftertaste takes some time to settle down. Lingering aftertaste, dominated by the sweet fruit and a hint of green wood. This is really lovely port. 94/100. 19-Dec-17. Decanted 3 hours.
Top Ports in 2019 (so far): Cockburn 1947 and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
2018 Ports of the year: São Leonardo 1927 White Port (Bottled 2018), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994