One of the great wines of the vintage this requires cellaring and should not really be considered until at least twenty years old, and probably much more. L&S (Nov 2010)
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Aromas of dried fruits, raisins and Christmas cake. Some chocolate undertones too, plus licorice and wet earth. Full body, medium sweet with gorgeous depth and intensity of fruit. So long and beautiful. What an amazing finish already. So sexy. Drink or hold. But this will go on for decades. Rating: 98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2015)
The spring violets give a floral charm to the nose. The mix of fruits mirrors the charm with first lush black fruits, blackcurrant, bilberry and black plum backed by brighter red. The ripeness of the fruit gives a mid palate an opulent succulence but the underlying structure holds back full fruit expression at this stage. There is so much more still to show. 2018-45 Rating: 95 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Dark crimson with a slightly weak rim. Rich, slightly volatile, evolved nose. Polished and dense and explosive. Interesting contrast with Noval 2000. More of a Fonseca style in its opulence. Lots of fun! Great richness. I would love to discover this in fact comes from somewhere other than Portugal! Complete. Rating: 18.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2012)
Part of the Symington port 'empire'. Founded by Scotsman Andrew James Symington who arrived in Oporto in 1882 and initially joined Graham's.
The Symington family own other big names in the port industry such as Warre & Co, Dow's, and Cockburn's to name but a few, and are the largest vineyard ownership group in the Douro.
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