AHB was in town, and asked for company at The Bung Hole at a small blind tasting. DRT was in town, without port, so JDAW brought one for each. Later in the evening, we were randomly joined by two port novices, so a 10Y Otima was bought for comparative purposes.
GM86, though blind to me, and decanted 8pm the previous day. Red-purple, 90% opaque. Nose had smoke and leather. Taste had the leather, though not the smoke, and lots of very dark fruit. Very long. Not old. AHB rightly said ‟sour cherries”.
I thought this young, and the leather note made me think of Gould Campbell. That’s ”“10 points for getting neither right.
Purchased ex-cellars in summer 2010. Dark red in colour, solid rim, still 99% opaque. Surprisingly little on the nose, a faint hint of strawberries and herbs but opens nicely in the glass to reveal dark chocolate and sour cherry. Sweet cherry fruit on the palate; gentle tannins which support the pronounced fruit. Lovely balance, terrific youthfulness and a promise of a long life ahead. Dry cheeks on the finish, long flavours of dark chocolate and tannins. 91/100.
Top Ports in 2022: Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port. I cried with joy.
2023: Fonseca 1966. There are not many better Ports.