Femininity and elegance, what a wine! Quite pale color, but much red, not entered the tawny stage, yet. Christmas spices and raisins mixed with dark berries on the nose; in the mouth there are more dark berries, sweet and very long, actually some freshness, wonderful balance. Devoid of any hard edges. The alcohol is barely noticeable, exquisite finish. 96p
Could not figure out have to publish the Cellatracker note here, so pasted instead
A few days of “following” may be optimistic. While they won’t be horrible older VP’s are generally best within 24 hours, out to about 48 hours. After that you may see some very noticeable deterioration.
Your line up is very nice. Don’t know what order you plan to taste them in, but if it was me I would put them in this order.
Ferreira, Noval, Croft, Taylor, Graham, and Fonseca
The Ferreira is a very feminine style, much like Warre’s is, so shows softer. But an ex-cellars bottle I had this past summer was very impressive.
Noval (the regular, not nacional) has some noticeable bottle variation. From soft and elegant like the Ferreira to hot, spirity, and lean.
Croft can also be very good from well stored bottles.