This Port had a medium ruby color with just a little browning on the edges. I had expected it to have lost more of it’s color but it still looked fairly young. When we poured the first glass there was this big fruit and caramel scent while pouring that quickly disappeared once in the glass. From then on the nose was fairly closed although I did get some ash like from a camp fire for a little while.
The flavors were big and complex with fruit and spice. There was good acid and the tannins had dropped out to where they were almost nonexistent. It was so smooth and silky going down you just wanted more. The long finish had a little heat as all Ports do, although much less than a young Port. Over time the flavors evolved to include cedar. This was easily one of the best wines I have ever had.
When I took off the wax to get to the cork I could see the cork was recessed a little. Even being as careful as I could, the moment I touched the cork it popped into the bottle . Oh well, I poured it carefully and left the cork behind.