1985 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port
And onto the grand finale, the bottle I was most worried about. A 25 year old wine with a murky cellaring history (please let this be ex-chateau), why wouldn't I open it in front of guests I'm trying to impress? Fear not. The wine was in perfect condition, DF breathed a sigh of relief.
I had no idea what to expect of the '85's. Such a heralded vintage you almost don't know when to be serving it. Dark colour, very saturated - surprisingly, not as heavy in sediment as the '94 Delaforce. The fruit is so ripe, so concentrated, yet so primary. Slightly dried, but the density of the wine is incredible. Richly textured, with a long, chocolate-tinged finish. Delicious and absolutely caresses the palate. We drank this to end the meal, with a Valentine's Day cake and some traditional sweet Chinese glutinous rice balls.
Always a pleasure and treat to drink old wine. My friend correctly noted that it was tradition to finish a bottle of Vintage Port in one go. I like tradition. It's what separates us from animals.
I dutifully complied.