Calem Port, 1994
Bottle size: 75cl
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From the excellent 1994 vintage this port has a deep garnet color, with a hint of blue in the meniscus.
On the nose there's a smell of blackberry and vegetation, some spirits and a little tobacco, but mostly wonderful fruit. It's beautiful in the mouth, hot but silky, followed by acid and tannin in the back. It's full of fruit -- blackberries and blueberries -- and leaves a hot alcohol burn in the throat. It has a lingering finish.
It has a dense, even, opaque crimson colour, with a very rich, dark well of black fruit and floral aromas, with all sorts of mineral and delicately spicy nuances. On the palate this has a beautifully focused sweetness, with a supple, svelte quality of black fruits, that is pure and very long and silky through the mid palate. There are fine chocolaty tannins adding plush depth, and the spirit is nicely integrated. This wine has lovely balance too, with excellent length, emphasising the harmony and structure of the wine.