Fonseca Guimeraens Vintage Port, 1996

There is an aroma of sweet tobacco, sweet herbs and sweet fruit! This is a lovely sweet elegant aroma with juicy, full on berries.  Lush fruit, some woody elements with a lot of tobacco, good brambles, a bit of higher alcohol and spice, but with a dried fruit finish.  Quite dry and spicy, bit of alcohol, but with plumskin and leath on the finish.  Very clean and great value.  87pts (June 2011)

Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port, 1996

Half Bottle

A bit passed its best, although that could have been down to storage.  It still showed some lovely fruit aromas and flavours, but it was a bit acidic, and there was a very strong alcohol element coming through.  Secondary flavours of spice were to the fore and it was a bit unbalanced.  Still a port you can drink, but not one that was great.  79pts (May 2011)