My notes have "actually has a nose" (to put into context, all the Ports were very muted on the nose even if we changed the smell for the entire building). A lovely fruity palate which is drinking well. "This is really wonderful".
Dark to mid red – clear rim. The nose really stood out, and was very fresh and lively (I suspect the accompanying wines amplified this observation). Nice and rich on the palate, with raspberries and fresh red fruit flavours predominating. A slight, if somewhat short, aftertaste of macerated red cherries. A runner up with 2 points from me.
Rose red colour, nicely mature appearance; 60% opaque. Little on the nose, some cigar ash and redcurrant but very muted. A big impact on the palate with dry edges and plenty of redcurrant. Balanced but straightforward and very simple. 83/100. Drunk 20-Oct-21. Decanted 12½ hours.
Top Ports in 2022: Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port. I cried with joy.
2023: Fonseca 1966. There are not many better Ports.