An exploration of wine

203. W. & J. Graham & Co, Vintage Port Wine (Whitwham’s), 1970

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Book 2 Wine 203

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Good, but perhaps not as good as my raised expectations anticipated. Pale ruby core, fading to a wide, tawny rim. Medium-intensity almost ‘perfumed’ bouquet, with some sweet strawberry hints underneath a complex layer of gingerbread, caramel and cinnamon spice. The quality of this wine was on the palate. Very elegant, smoothly integral tannin, structure and alcohol, around a warm, sweet and good-length flavour of fruit and spicey chocolate notes. Good with chocolate dessert! Will see how it has evolved in 5 years, with a second bottle for my parents’ 40th Wedding Anniversary…!

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