1998 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port
The color is very dark but now showing some bricking in-line with its age. A nose of old wood and licorice. I was taken aback by how youthful the fruit was on the palate. At 20 years old there are some secondary characteristics creeping in, yet this was still mostly retaining the dark fruit side. Still possessing that menthol and, later, eucalyptus. Big bold tannins and searing acidity and a seamless transition to a finish that seems to go on forever. It does seem to be a touch drier than the 2018, but that could just be the perception due to its age. I can’t recall when I last had this, it’s been that long, but what a treat indeed. This is a remarkable Vintage Port from a year rarely talked about.
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