An opaque blue/purple color (typical of this vintage's top offerings) is followed by a strikingly provocative aromatic display (flowers, licorice, blackberries, and cassis). This firmly-structured, classic, tightly-knit, restrained port exhibits brilliant purity as well as impressive intensity. While not the most dramatic or flamboyant, it is a beautiful, classically structured port that will age gracefully. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (143), October 2002|
Shows the intense ripeness of the vintage with hints of raisins and other dried fruits. Full-bodied, medium sweet and so very velvety. A big mouthful. Superb. Just starting to open.
|Score: 99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2017|
|Score: 93||James Suckling, Wine Spectator Weekly (Feb 20, 03), February 2003|
|Score: 92/94||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, May 2002|
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