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Blended Madeira wines

There are many well done Madeira blends out there, but personally I think that the big step up in quality as well as in price-value-relation is between the 5 YO and the 10 YO blends. Many decent 3 YO Tinta Negra Mole blends can well compete with the 5 YO blends of the classical varieties. In my perception the difference in quality between the 10 YO and the 15 YO blends is not much. I feel that the 10 YO blends offer the best value when it comes to everyday Madeira wines.

3 YO Madeira Blends

Alvada, Blandy
Yes I know what serious Madeira wine lovers think of Alvada. I admit I used to be one of those. But drinking it slightly cooled, this medium mahogany colored wine shows a rich and fruity nose and a sweet and very fruity palate with a surprisingly long fruity finish. This wine is easy to drink and very enjoyable. Tasted at the Berlin IVBAM tasting 10/2008.

Delaforce Good Rich
Bottle:
Miniature bottle, small stopper cork.
Color:
Iodine with tawny rim, some sediment.
Nose:
Subdued roasted aromas, caramel.
Palate:
Medium sweetness with good backing acidity, some toffee and caramel notes.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Dona Mecia Sweet, Barbeito
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with JNV paper seal, small moist cork, foil cap.
Color:
Mahogany, greenish rim.
Nose:
Lots of VA, burnt coffee.
Palate:
Sweet, some acidity, spirity, smoky finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

East India Madeira, Fine Rich, Vinhos Justino Henriques
Color:
Iodine with tawny rim.
Nose:
Caramell, harmonious, ginger cake.
Palate:
Medium sweetness, fruity, with only little acidity, nice caramell, short but harmonious finish. Quite good for a three year old blend.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2007.

Espinheiro Madeira
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with screwcap.
Color:
Mahogany, iodine rim, some sediment.
Nose:
No VA, subdued, some toffee.
Palate:
Off dry, toffee, toasted bread, short finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Espinheiro Normal Ruby Madeira
Bottle:
Bottle 0,7 liters with screwcap.
Color:
Medium dark iodine, orange rim, some sediment.
Nose:
Lots of VA, ginger cake, coffee and other roasted aromas, then honey and beeswax, flowers, wonderful.
Palate:
Medium sweet, good acidity, bitter coffee, mouthwatering, ginger cake, then a slightly bitter but pleasant finish of medium length with an interesting almond aftertaste. Well done.
Footnote:
Tasted 6/2007, as far as I know no longer available.

Flagman's Rich Old
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with screwcap.
Color:
Bright iodine, greenish rim.
Nose:
No VA, vegetable soup flavor, mushrooms.
Palate:
Medium sweetness, low acidity, toffee, caramel, short and bitter finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Izidro L Doce, CVM
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with IVM paper seal, small stopper cork.
Color:
Iodine, tawny rim, lots of sediment.
Nose:
Some VA, sudued, caramel.
Palate:
Sweetness, some acidity, quite raw, some toffee, short and sweet finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Izidro M Meio Doce, CVM
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with IVM papaer seal, small stopper cork with foil cap.
Color:
Medium iodine with tawny rim, some sediment.
Nose:
Some VA, and... nothing.
Palate:
Medium sweet, spirity, sharp acidity, toffee, medium long sweet finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Izidro S Seco, CVM
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with IVM paper seal, small stopper cork.
Color:
Iodine, tawny rim, lots of sediment.
Nose:
Lots of VA, onions, unpleasant cooked vegetable smell.
Palate:
Faded, dried out, some acidity, decayed.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Jose Naredo Fine Rich Madeira
Bottle:
Modern industrial made bottle, stopper cork with foil cap.
Color:
Dark tawny with orange rim.
Nose:
Nice fruity ginger cake, roasted aromas, orange peel.
Palate:
Quite sweet, good backing acidity, no VA, ginger cake and a little toffee with it, some orange peel aroma at the finish. Quite good and easy to drink.
Footnote:
Tasted 7/2007, produced by Vinhos Justino Henriques.

Kopke Good Rich Madeira
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with screwcap.
Color:
Dark iodine with tawny rim, some sediment.
Nose:
No VA, candied orange peel, vegetable soup flavor.
Palate:
Off dry, spirity, raw, toffee, coffee, short and bitter finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Leacock's Rainwater
Bottle:
Heavy modern bottle with impressive golden label and IVM paper seal.
Color:
Brilliant medium dark tawny with amber rim.
Nose:
Fruity, vinous mix of toffee, spices and citrus/orange peel, no VA.
Palate:
Medium sweet with well integrated acidity, rather light, orange peel again, lemon fruit, then some toffee and a pleasant citrusy/orangy finish of medium length with some darker aromas underneath. Well done for a 3 YO!
Footnote:
Tasted 7/2007

Pries Scholtz Camara De Lobos Madeira
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with screwcap.
Color:
Bright tawny with orange rim, some sediment.
Nose:
Lots of VA, toffee.
Palate:
Off dry, raw, toffee, short and bitter finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Rozès Rainwater Madeira
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with wicker cap and short stopper cork.
Color:
Iodine, tawny rim.
Nose:
Lots of VA, toffee, caramel.
Palate:
Off dry, toffee, caramel, short and bitter finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Unknown Shipper
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with very old JNV paper seal, small stopper cork.
Color:
Dark iodine, orange rim, lots of sediment.
Nose:
Some VA, burnt coffee, caramel.
Palate:
Some sweetness, good acidity, caramel, toffee, a little spirity, short and sweet finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

V8 Seco, Barbeito
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with JNV paper seal and small but moist cork with foil cap.
Color:
Muddy iodine with orange rim, some sediment.
Nose:
Disgusting smell of cooked vegetables and some caramel.
Palate:
Some sweetness, medium acidity, toffee, short and sweet finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

5 YO Madeira Blends

Blandy’s 5YO Dry Blend (TNM)
This is the new TNM blend for the near future, showing a nice orange-brown color. The nose shows nutty flavors, grapey fruit and raisins. On the palate the wine is quite fruity, not to dry, pleasant to drink, with enough acidity to keep it interesting. Certainly less nutty flavors compared with the 5YO Sercial, but nevertheless a well done wine for everyday drinking. Tasted 3/2009.

Blandy’s 5YO Rich Blend (TNM)
The sweet variety of the 5YO TNM blend shows a warm cola brown and a big and very rich nose of figs and raisins –wow!- then in the mouth considerable sweetness, but no to sticky, raisins and lots of toffee, lots of acidity, much more than in the 5YO Malmsey, very well integrated, long finish of fruit and caramel. This is a very good blend, and is even better than the 5YO Malmsey IMHO. Tasted 3/2009.

Blandys 5YO Sercial
Bottle:
Heavy machine-made elegant bottle.
Color:
Bright straw, yellow rim.
Nose:
Etheral nose with a little lemon and fino sherry character.
Palate:
Surprisingly off-dry, not really sweet, but quite fruity with lemon and orange, then leading towards a light toffee-ish melange of caramel, honey and spices. The acidity is rather low and well integrated.
Footnote:
Tasted in 8/2007

Blandys 5YO Verdelho
Bottle:
Heavy machine-made elegant bottle.
Color:
Bright tawny with orange rim.
Nose:
Elegant and fruity nose with a harmonious blend of raisins and figs, then toffee and even a little smokyness.
Palate:
Off-dry with well integrated acidity, toffee and ginger cake, rounded, very pleasant but not really interesting. Nevertheless easy to drink and a perfect wine for the first-time Madeira experience.
Footnote:
Tasted in 8/2007

Blandys 5YO Bual
Bottle:
Heavy machine-made elegant bottle.
Color:
Medium iodine.
Nose:
The nose is quite complex with notes of roasted coffee, caramell and spices, much stronger than the Sercial or Verdelho.
Palate:
Sweet and harmonious, well balanced with enough acidity to make this wine interesting, coffee and toffee are dominating, also some vanilla leading to a pleasant finish of warm and roasted aromas.
Footnote:
Tasted in 8/2007

Blandys 5 YO Malmsey
Bottle:
Heavy machine-made elegant bottle.
Color:
Even a little darker iodine than the Bual. Usually Bual is the darkest of the Madeiras.
Nose:
Fruit and marmelade, toffee-ish and elegant, also coffee and ashes.
Palate:
Sweet and rich, well balanced acidity, raisins, figs, all very harmonious but also very mainstream. Nevertheless pleasant to drink.
Footnote:
Tasted 8/2007

10 YO Madeira Blends

Adegas de Torreao 10YO Sweet Reserve
Bottle:
Heavy machine made bottle with yellow print.
Color:
Medium dark tawny.
Nose:
Pleasant nose of ginger cake, with lots of VA, honey and cinnamon.
Palate:
Highly acidic entry with only little sweetness, rather fruity with lots of orange but lacking a little in depth and body. Very much on the dark and roasted side with bitter finish. But a nice note of candied orange peel stayed in the mouth for a quite some time.
Footnote:
Tasted 11/2007. I had bought this wine on my last trip to Madeira after I had found it by chance in an embroidery shop. Until then I thought that Adegas de Torreao had only produced vintage wines.

Barbeito 10 YO Bual
Bottle:
Heavy cylindrical bottle with big stencils on the front.
Color:
The color is the lightest, together with the Borges wine, showing a bright tawny.
Nose:
Sweet nose with a little VA, featuring dried fruits and vanilla, promising.
Palate:
The wine is medium sweet with low acidity, a little sugarcane to begin with and then more vanilla, also some fruit with lemon dominating, no roasted aromas here, but a nice fruity finish. This is a very modern and fruity Bual blend and easy to drink.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Barbeito 10 YO Malmsey
Bottle:
Heavy cylindrical bottle with big stencils on the front.
Color:
This wine displays the brightest color of all the Malmseys, showing a bright tawny.
Nose:
The nose starts with a little VA, then dried fruit and an interesting smokiness, promising.
Palate:
This blend is medium sweet with well balanced medium acidity, rather light in general but very fruity, lean and elegant, ending in a long fruity lemon finish with just the right amount of tickling acidity to leave the mouth refreshed. The Barbeito blend is the lightest of Malmsey blends, well done in the modern fruity Madeira style.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Blandy 10 YO Bual
Bottle:
Cylindrical slightly curved bottle with elegant paper label.
Color:
Medium dark mahogany color.
Nose:
Sweet nose with lots of VA, featuring a variety of roasted aromas, toffee, caramel and even a little roasted oak.
Palate: Very sweet and rich, the sweetest of the Bual blends, together with the Cossart wine. Also high acidity perfectly balanced with the sweetness, roasted aromas also dominate the palate, lots of toffee, coffee, oak and walnuts, leading to a long and bitter finish. This is a rich and almost voluptuous Madeira blend.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Blandy 10 YO Malmsey
Bottle:
Cylindrical slightly curved bottle with elegant paper label.
Color:
The color is a medium dark mahogany.
Nose:
The rich nose is dominated by sugarcane and toffee, maybe also a little walnut here, also some VA that adds to the impression of richness.
Palate:
The wine is sweet and rich, but the high acidity keeps it from being cloying, toffee and caramel lead to a long and slightly smoky finish. This is a well-done example of a rich “non-baked” Malmsey blend.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Borges 10 YO Bual
Bottle:
Heavy cylindrical bottle with small slip label on the front, unusual appearance, but I liked it.
Color:
The color is the lightest, together with the Barbeito wine, showing a bright and slightly reddish tawny.
Nose:
Medium sweetness with a little VA, raisins and toffee and even a little beef bouillon, pleasant.
Palate:
Rather sweet with high acidity that carries the wine through to the acidic finish of medium length. Well integrated with toffee and dried fruits, this wine is mainstream, but also very pleasant, mouth watering and easy to drink.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Borges 10 YO Malmsey
Bottle:
Heavy cylindrical bottle with small slip label on the front, unusual appearance, but I liked it.
Color:
The wine shows a dark iodine color.
Nose:
The nose offers a little VA, lots of caramel and orange, promising.
Palate:
The wine is very sweet with very high acidity, in fact the highest in all the Malmsey blends together with the D’Oliveira wine. The palate is very fruity, lemon, orange, even a little grapefruit – it’s all here, towards the finish the wine shifts to a more toffee and caramel style and then ends with an acidic finish that underlines the fruity impression once again. This wine is a good combination of fruit and toffee – well done and pleasant to drink.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Broadbent 10 YO Malmsey
Bottle:
Heavy cylindrical bottle with stencils.
Color:
This blend shows a dark iodine color.
Nose:
The nose starts with a little VA and shows walnut and molasses, then also a strange eucalyptus note that seems a little unusual but not out of place, every time I smelled it again I liked it even more.
Palate:
This very viscous wine is sweet with medium acidity, starts with walnut, molasses and toffee, then also a little glimpse of orange flavour, but then shifts back to a nice long walnut finish. Well done – and to all of you who ever wondered if this is the same wine like the VJH 10 YO Malmsey, just with a different label: the eucalyptus nose was easy to recognize in this wine, the VJH nose was very different. These are definitely two separate wines.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Cossart Gordon 10 YO Boal
Bottle:
Elegant curved bottle with paper label.
Color:
Dark iodine color.
Nose:
Sweet and fruity nose with a little VA, brown sugar and beef bouillon.
Palate:
Very sweet, the sweetest of the Bual blends, together with the Blandy wine. Lots of fruit, some candied orange de Seville, toffee, medium acidity, very rounded and harmonious, ending with a short but well balanced finish. This blend is very easy to drink and exemplary for a modern fruity Bual blend and very accessible too.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Cossart Gordon 10 YO Malmsey
Bottle:
Elegant curved bottle with paper label.
Color:
The color is the darkest of all Malmsey blends, a dark mahogany.
Nose:
The nose is spicy and fruity, showing just the right amount of VA to make it interesting, also a little toffee here.
Palate:
This wine is sweet with high acidity and also perfectly balanced, very fruity, almost grapy, elegant, with a long fruity finish – a good example of the modern fruity style of a Malmsey blend.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

D'Oliveira 10 YO Medium Sweet (TNM)
Bottle:
Heavy and long cylindrical bottle with a colorful paper label.
Color:
The color is the darkest of all Bual blends, a dark mahogany.
Nose:
The nose is all about dark and roasted aromas, molasses, caramel, toffee and coffee and also very high on VA.
Palate:
This very viscous wine is medium sweet, features medium acidity and a variety of roasted aromas that leads to a “dark” impression. Coffee, molasses, caramel, ashes, it’s all here, culminating in a bitter and roasted finish of medium length. This is an almost “malmsey-ish” Bual blend, not very typical, but definitely old-style, I liked it.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

D'Oliveira 10 YO Sweet (TNM)
Bottle:
Heavy and long cylindrical bottle with a colorful paper label.
Color:
The wine shows a medium dark mahogany color.
Nose:
The nose starts with tickling VA, then lots of sweetness, butterscotch, caramel and dried fruits.
Palate:
The wine is sweet with very high acidity, in fact the highest in all the Malmsey blends together with the Borges wine. In contrast to the nose, the palate is surprisingly fruity; an impression that is also emphasized by the high acidity, also a little caramel here, but the long finish is again all fruit, with orange dominating. This is a perfect mouth watering example of a sweet TNM blend.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

East India 10 YO Sweet Old Reserve (TNM)
Bottle:
Curved sturdy bottle with stencils.
Color:
The wine shows a dark iodine color.
Nose:
The nose shows an interesting pepper note, also a little VA and toffee, then shifting towards more roasted aromas like coffee and ashes.
Palate:
This TNM blend is sweet with medium acidity, displaying aromas of raisins, caramel and also a slightly bitter and burnt taste, the wine is well done but the finish is rather spirity, before it ends with an impression of roasted coffee.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

H&H 10 YO Bual
Bottle:
Elegant and very long bottle with a colorful paper label.
Color:
Bright iodine almost tawny color.
Nose:
Subdued nose with hints of sweetness and honey, almonds and caramel.
Palate:
The wine is sweet and fruity with a focus on orange, well balanced with medium acidity and a nice nutty finish of medium length. The wine is rather mainstream, but elegant, pleasant and easy to drink.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

H&H 10 YO Malmsey
Bottle:
Elegant and very long bottle with a colorful paper label.
Color:
This wine shows a medium dark mahogany.
Nose:
The nose is all raisins, also some roasted aromas here and a little VA.
Palate:
The H&H blend is very sweet but the sweetness is also perfectly counter-balanced with high acidity, toffee is dominating the palate, but a little smokiness and the high acidity keep the wine from being cloying, the finish is also a little smoky so it all works out perfectly. This wine may not be the most complex one, but is very pleasant to drink.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Justinos 10 YO Bual
Bottle:
Curved sturdy bottle with stencils.
Color:
Medium dark iodine color, with orange rim.
Nose:
Subdued sweet nose with only a little VA, sugarcane and toffee are dominating, rounded and pleasant.
Palate:
The wine is rather sweet and well balanced with high acidity and quite viscous, the palate is also dominated by toffee and sugarcane, very harmonious, ending in a surprisingly bitter finish that contrasts nicely to the initial sweetness and keeps the wine from being cloying - well done.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Justinos 10 YO Malmsey
Bottle:
Curved sturdy bottle with stencils.
Color:
The color is a slightly reddish medium dark iodine.
Nose:
The nose shows almost no VA, lots of raisins, figs, also sweet vanilla and a strange but not unpleasant Martini-rosso-like aroma that reminds me of cough syrup.
Palate:
This blend is sweet with high acidity, overflowing with toffee and a long toffee finish. The cough syrup is there as well, but again this is rather interesting than disturbing. Even though VJH also matures the Broadbent 10YO Malmsey, the two wines are definitely not the same.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Justinos 10 YO Sweet Old Reserve (TNM)
Bottle:
Curved sturdy bottle with stencils.
Color:
The color is a slightly reddish medium dark iodine.
Nose:
The nose starts with a whiff of VA, then toffee and caramel as well as candied orange de Seville.
Palate:
The wine is sweet with medium acidity, then –quite unexpected- an all-roasted kaleidoscope of aromas: coffee, roasted onions, ashes, also raisins; it all ends with a long bitter finish. The overall impression of this well done wine is rather “dark”.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Leacock 10 YO Bual
Bottle:
Cylindrical bottle with paper label.
Color:
This wine features the second darkest color of the Bual blends, a medium dark mahogany.
Nose:
Sweet nose with lots of VA, a little unfocused, but with emphasis on toffee and caramel.
Palate:
Almost as sweet as the Blandy and Cossart blends with medium acidity, this wine is all toffee and sugarcane, round and harmonious with an all-toffee finish of medium length. This Bual blend is a little one-dimensional perhaps, but easy to drink and accessible.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2008.

Miles 10 YO Malmsey
Bottle:
Heavy machine-made rather compact bottle.
Color:
Medium dark iodine brown with amber rim.
Nose:
Toffee, molasses, a little ginger cake with a variety of spices, very pleasant and rounded, just a little VA to make it more interesting.
Palate:
Thick, rich and viscous, good sweetness with perfectly balanced acidity, caramel and toffee first, together with a little VA, then raisins, figs, marmelade, it ends with a smoky and slightly bitter finish. Lacking a little in definition but very pleasant and a perfect desert wine.
Footnote:
Tasted in 8/2007. A classic Malmsey in the old fashioned, "more burnt less fruity-style". I liked it a lot!

15 YO Madeira Blends

15YO Malmsey, Blandy
This wine has a brilliant medium dark iodine color and a complex nose with fudge, nuts and some roasted aromas. On the palate it was rather sweet, with high acidity, lots of caramel but also some dark and roasted aromas that keep it interesting. The finish of caramel with a little coffee is of medium length. Pleasant. Tasted at the Berlin IVBAM tasting 10/2008.

H&H 15 YO Bual
Bottle:
Heavy machine-made bottle with H&H letters on the glass.
Color:
Dark iodine-coffee color, lots of glycerine.
Nose:
A little VA to start with then a bunch of roasted aromas with coffee dominating, some balsamic notes as well and all underlined and held together by a very pleasant butter-toffee aroma.
Palate:
Also starting with some very pleasant VA as for tuning your palate for what is about to follow: gripping acidity comes first, then some sweetness but not to much, then again a symphony of roasted aromas that gives an overall rather "dark" impression, leading to a long and bitter finish with almonds and dark chocolate. What a perfect wine, and very complex!
Footnote:
Tasted in 10/2007.

15 YO Malmsey, Henriques & Henriques
Medium tawny color, interesting nose with lots of caramel and toffee and a little VA to make it even more interesting, dried fruits as well. The palate is very sweet, but lots of acidity to back it up, again toffee and caramel, a variety of dried fruits, then a long and slightly bitter walnut finish. Well done. Tasted 3/2008.

20YO Madeira Blends

20YO Malvasia Lote 6072, Barbeito
This rarity shows a honey color and even more honey in the nose, together with lots of fruit. On the palate this wine is high on acidity, very fruity, complex with multiple layers of honey and grapes, with a long acidic finish. Though not easy to drink, this wine is very complex and interesting. Tasted at the Berlin IVBAM tasting 10/2008.
This rare 20 YO Blend shows a tawny color with straw colored rim. The nose is focused on nutty and fruity aromas. In the mouth the wine is rather sweet, but complex, with lots of acidity, a little overpowering, lots of fruit and a long bitter walnut finish. Other participants liked this wine a lot more then I did. 89 points 10/2009.

30YO Madeira Blends

30 YO Malvasia Blend, Vinhos Barbeito
This is the first 30YO that has ever been made. The nose is very promising, caramel, nice VA and a spicey background. Sweet palate with lots and lots of acidity, dried fruits and a long sweet finish with almonds. This wine is rather high in alcohol (20,5%) and very powerful, showing its concentration. No wine for the beginner, but interesting. Tasted 3/2008.

40YO Madeira Blends

More than 40 years, Verdelho-Blend, Manuel Eugenio Fernandez Lda.
This wine had been started by Manuel Eugenio Fernandez as a private reserve in his house in Seixal. For his 96th birthday the wine had been bottled by the Madeira Wine Company in 2002. Since the regulations of the IVBAM only allow a blend with a maximum age of 40 years, this wine had to be labelled as a 40YO, even though the age of the blend was 52 years. The wine had a bright iodine color and was quite turbid, with long legs in the glass. The nose was very subdued at first, lots of volatile acidity and only little fruit. But the bottle had just been opened the night before, so there was good hope for a positive development as the tasting went on. And indeed, after three hours the wine had opened up perfectly, with a wonderful fruity nose, vanilla as well. The palate had been rather spirity at first but now showed good fruit, perfectly balanced acidity with just the right amount of sweetness, then a creamy toffee aroma, impressions of an old cognac and a long fruity finish. A good wine that demonstrated perfectly how important a long decanting time is for Madeira wines. Tasted 6/2008.

Madeira Blends Of Unknown Age

Flagmans V. O. Reserve Special Old Verdelho
Bottle:
Unusual bottle shape like the German "Bocksbeutel" bottles, short cork, sealed with wax cover with nice grape imprint. Imported by Eggers und Franke.
Color:
Bright tawny, yellowish rim.
Nose:
Forthcoming bouquet with lots of volatile acidity but very pleasant, toffee, burnt coffee, beef buillon, soy sauce.
Palate:
Medium sweetness with good acidity, ginger cake, harmonious fruit, then intense beef buillon again, almost with a salty impression, leading to a soft and pleasant finish of medium length. Surely blended, with some depth and very well done.
Footnote:
Bought at auction, no longer commercially available, tasted 3/2007

Vinhos Barbeito, VB Reserve
Lote 2 Cask 12d und 46a
This rarity displays a bright iodine brown color and a fruity nose with caramel to go with it. The palate is also very fruity, funky acid there as well, leading to a clean and fresh impression, then there is some caramel and medium sweetness in the finish. A nice wine that will do well as an aperitif as well as an after dinner drink. 92 points 10/2009.

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