This is apparently a perfect wine, according to a certain wine advocate from the other side of the pond. Make no mistake - it is good, even really, really good, but it is not a perfect wine, IMHO anyway...:-)
Although - with some aged stilton it created a perfect combination.
1997 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
A deep, concentrated, still young nose with notes of ripe plums, figs, dark chocolate, some tobacco flakes and toasted almonds. Very deep and powerful. Even on day three it hasn´t budged much. This is for the long haul. A very fine sweetness.
The taste is broad shouldered and muscular with notes of raspberry truffles, balsa wood, asphalt, licorice, tobacco, dates and toasted almonds. The finish goes on for over a minute. A iron fist in a iron glove... Very intense. Let your bottles lie for another 10+ years. Impressive but not that seductive.
93p (tasted 2014/01)