Bright, deep, saturated ruby. Liqueur-like ripeness to the deeply fruity aromas of kirsch, black raspberry and cassis. Thick, sweet and seamless, with a silky texture and great depth to its utterly primary dark berry and spice flavors. Wonderfully pure, intense young port with outstanding finishing sweetness, well-judged oakiness and big, ripe, noble tannins. Leaves behind exhilarating kirsch and violet notes on the extremely long finish, with a note of bitter chocolate emerging with extended aeration. This fleshy beauty boasts beautifully managed tannins and outstanding aging potential.
Declared by virtually all shippers. This year was saved by a little rain in August – the sugars rise again and the skins are softer, ‘so you can extract beautifully’. Very deep dark, purplish crimson. Tea, liquorice, macerated prunes on the nose. High-toned with a dry finish. Very clean and brisk. Not yet particularly broad.
Anticipated maturity: 2035-2060