90 Points - Wine Advocate: "A delicious, forward, dark saturated ruby/purple-colored port, this 1997 reveals copious quantities of jammy, grapy, black fruit flavors intermixed with earth and spice, full body, and silky tannin. It should drink well soon, but last for two decades."
Wine Spectator: "Prune and hints of aniseed and stems. Full-bodied and medium-sweet, with soft tannins and a fruity finish. Little simple. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. (Web-2008) Rated 90 points previously with the following review: "A fresh and dark Port, with lovely floral, berry and cherry aromas. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a firm backbone of tannins and plum and tobacco on the finish."