Blandy's 1902 Malmsey

Opened to celebrate my daughter Isabella's Christening:

Malmsey, 1902 (Blandy) ****/*****

 Deep mahogany, almost dark coffee coloured with a thin olive green rim; high toned, lifted, toffee and roasted coffee beans with a touch of molasses on the nose; very rich, wonderful texture, creamy toffee, fudge, richness offset by a fine thread of nervy acidity, long and very fine. Still very good when re-tasted three weeks later. 18.5

Scoring

19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty