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December 19, 2005

1834 Barbeito, Madeira Malvasia Reserva Velha

If we could all be so young. The 1834 has exactly the freshness and zing you'd expect from a fountain of youth. Its balance is as perfect as I could ever imagine for a fortified wine--still noticeably sweet and rich, but also very vibrant showing no alcohol or volatility. It's romantic and graceful, despite such natural intensity in fruit and acidity, as flavors calmly bleed into the long, silk-spinning finish. I hope to someday try the dessert it divines in my mouth: walnuts, pralines, maple, prunes, fresh figs, caramel hardening to a crisp--all covered, for some reason, in gold leaf.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,
That wine is truly a peak experience. Not quite as disarming as the 1795 Barbeito Terrantez but still showing much energy. Thank you for putting it into words.

9:44 AM  
Blogger jens at cincinnati wine said...

I have only had the 1920 FV Malvasia and the 1954 Reserva Velha Barbeito Malvesia so what do I know. I love the Madeira and they last and improve upon opening.

jens at cincinnati wine

4:01 PM  

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