1998 Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port
The color is still opaque with visible bricking. I initially thought this may have been corked as the nose was rather woody, thankfully that turned out not to be the case. Showing a bit more advanced than its sibling, the Vesuvio, this was still a remarkable Port. The palate was full of licorice and pine resin mixed with youthful berries, fantastic acidity and noticeably more tannic and drier than the Vesuvio. The finish was a touch short at first but lengthened by the second day. Despite the tannins, possessing more elegantly aging fruit than the Vesuvio. Tasting these two made me realize I haven’t had many Ribeira VP’s, especially with age, and I need to change that. A real treat to be able to taste this rarely seen Vintage Port. One I will keep my eye out for to purchase should I run across it.
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