Purchased from an immaculate local private cellar. Stored perfectly since release.
“Deep, vibrant ruby with very pale rim. Big, broad, rich nose – quite burly and autumnal. More powerful than the 1963 – with more obvious alcohol. Excellent balance again but with sweet, very direct attack. Dry, energetic finish. This is all power and bounce rather than the subtlety of the 1963. Very sweet with just a hint of something metallic. Rumbustiously sweet. Mainly from Bom Retiro in the Rio Torto. This was originally underrated and sells for much less than the 1963. Has apparently been on a plateau for years so I may well be under-estimating its longevity.” – 18.5/20, Jancis Robinson (Tasted 2006)
“There is still plenty of fresh, youthful fruit here. Medium ruby-red, with an intense floral and berry nose, medium-bodied, with rich, sweet fruit flavors, medium tannins and a lingering finish. Very good fruit.” – Wine Spectator, 91 Points (Tasted 1998)