I love the underdog, not that we're speaking of a real underdog here, Barros is an historic Port house with all arguments to be a major player in the port wine market, which it is.
It's just hard to stand out when tasted side by side with such mythical wine beasts as a Noval Nacional 1964, a Graham's vintage 1970, the always perfect Burmester Tordiz 40 years or the ageless Niepoort 1900.
The Barros Colheita 1974 special edition is a lovely crafted Port wine, bottled to celebrate 40 years of freedom, since the 25th of April 1974 Portuguese revolution. It shows a lifted aromatic profile, more on the elegant side than in your face. Has all those lovely dried fruit notes of tawny, mainly hazelnut, mixed with just a hint of honey. Palate is widely fresh and energetic showing some chemical nuances. Balanced and a pleasure to drink.
This wasn't the only fabulous wine on show, but it was wonderful enough for me to want to talk about it and most probably buy it, this special edition will be historic and its contents are amusingly pleasurable!
So next 25th of April, while celebrating freely, why not have Barros Colheita 1974 in your glass? Hopefully I will.
Approximate retail price - €70
Note: image kindly provided by Sogevinus Fine Wines.