Barao de Vilar, Pink Port, Portugal, NV.
This wine: a blend of the port varieties – touriga franca, touriga nacional, tinta barroca, tinto cao, tinta roriz; natural cork stopper, 19.5% abv, 50cl, Ann et Vin, ~£13 (02/17)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of ripe red berries, edged with spice and dried herbs; full-bodied, velvety, with a palate of stewed red cherry and berries, a little red plum jam too. A long length. No need to decant, it will evolve a little in the glass.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity salmon (graded as a white wine), showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of stewed strawberry, bright ripe red cherry, touch of ripe pear, touch of spice, medicinal and dried herb edges, and after some time a hint of wood.
Palate: sweet, medium acidity, fortified high, full body, a velvety texture with a very low-key grip, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of macerated red cherry, kirsch, and stewed red berries, red plum jam. A long length with a clean stewed red berry lightly jammy finish.
Quality: good, a fine balance of acidity with alcohol and sweetness, leaving a clean palate on spitting, straightforward but with good intensity, with some complexity, decent concentration following into a fine length with a clean finish.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further aging, but will keep for a year or two.