As my son was born in 1994, I laid down a few cases of port for him. Thought it was time to see how they were progressing, so opened up a representative quartet.
Quinta do Vesuvio: Nice aromatic spicy nose. A little simple and very sweet on the palate. Almost ready. Pleasant not too profound 89 points
Graham: Rich, and heavy. Butterscotch and ripe fruit. Nice attack and the acidity stops it from being cloying. A little top heavy- a few years from maturity. Again surprised at the lack of complexity on the palate; expected more, 92 points
Dow: far and away the best wine. Absolutely beautiful, rich but beautifully structured. Great complexity and finish. Layers of flavor. Still a couple of decades from full maturity, and probably ten years from being really enjoyable. 97 points +
Fonseca: I decanted these at 4: 00 PM and they were served at 9:00 PM. All that air didn’t do much for the Fonseca. A slightly odd rubbery note which made me wonder if the bottle was flawed, but the note mostly blew away after an hour sucking in oxygen. Improved, but never really came round. Dumb. I earmarked this as the one to buy, so will have to open another bottle later this year. At the moment, I am disappointed but hopefully more a bad bottle than a bad wine. NR