N66. Glorious red, 60% opaque. The taste a little closed is this too young? Is this too young! behind the closedness some large purple fruit, but lovely texture and size. Maybe a slight hollowness relating to the closedness. My notes say ‟wait a decade”. Will the elevens take as long to mature, I wonder.
Very pink, I thought, much denser colour than many of the others. The nose was stewed fruit. In the mouth it was syrupy and jammy, juicy like good blackcurrant jam, with light pepper. I appreciated the aplomb of this port but I was slightly surprised by the density of the fruit, and thought it was a little unbalanced still.
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Plum red, rose rime; 60% opaque. Turkish Delight on the nose, full of rose water and icing sugar. Gentle entry with pronounced acidity and a slightly thinner texture than most other ports from this vintage. Quite dry, very floral and with lots of Turkish Delight. Oranges flash through the aftertaste, leading to a long orange syrup finish that turns into a lingering gentle coffee finish, with concentrated dried cranberry. 94/100.
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.