Sunday, January 11, 2009

1989 Porto

1989 Cruz Vintage Port.

I don't drink a lot of vintage port. Can be a bit too heavy for me, especially since I only drink it after dinner. But then this wine - went as well as digestif as well as with my dinner.

Deep brick red, but impressive saturation up to the rim. A heady nose of mocha, ground espresso beans, dark chocolate, ripe cherries, and an encompassing smokiness.

On the palate, spicy quality from the brandy, lovely elegance. Finished with dark chocolate. Supple texture, but never cloying. Perfect balance of sweetness and high acidity.

What a wonderful, balanced, youthful, elegant, and complex port.

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