Each cask at Sandeman is racked off and blended annually. It shows “an enormous amount of flavor and character” George told me, and I couldn’t agree more. The nose was the first remarkable thing I experienced and it hit me the moment he began to pour. Next is the color, pale with no browning whatsoever. George attributes much of the quality of their wines and this one in particular to the company’s temperate location on the Douro, close to the river and the ocean. At Sandeman they strive for clean and balanced Portos. “It’s a wine that requires some thought,” George said, “a special wine that needs attention.” It certainly got mine. It’s so well-balanced and smooth and the finish lasts for what seems to be an eternity. “You’re not just acquiring the wine. It’s a historical event.”
250 bottles have been released in the United States. This most special wine is a must for someone who treasures the history it brings with it. The bottle was inspired by an 18th century English bottle found in the Sandeman Bottle Collection and was hand blown in the 1990s by a company no longer in existence. Retail price is around $720.