Robert Parker 92
Tasted at John E. Fells portfolio tasting. A Porto bottling this, but with a definite Bordeaux-like nose! Well defined, foursquare at first, opening up nicely with maraschino cherries, cloves, burnt wood/embers and bergamot, gaining intensity all the time in the glass. The palate is very harmonious and elegant (not dissimilar in texture to a ’63 opened a couple of months earlier.) Fleshy, harmonious, seductive on the palate with allspice, nutmeg and ginger sprinkled over the viscous finish and finally, freshly rolled tobacco on the aftertaste. Good length, powerful like many of the 1970 ports continue to be. Superb. Drink now-2020+ Tasted September 2009.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020
Tasted blind. Mid tawny. A touch of spirit, dried cherry and pot pourri. On the palate, dried cherry, fig, sweet spice and a floral touch. Length attenuated by some alcohol. (TJ)
Anticipated maturity: 1990-2025