Tuesday 9 January 2018

Some Port To Finish The 2017 Tasting Season

"Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher."
(Evelyn Waugh)

In our monthly tasting group we always ends the tasting season with fortified wines. This time it was M that was in charge and he poured the following wines.
All wines tasted double blind.

?, Borges
We don´t know the ages and what kind of Port it is, but we happily drank it all the same. It has a very mature, ripe, sweet nose with notes of figs, green raisins, burning autumn leaves, wet ashes and old apple confit. Still hanging in there, but on the verge on being too old.
The taste is semi sweet and a touch loose around the edges with notes of dry licorice, fried nuts, bonfire notes and raisins. A medium long finish with a dried up warmth.
86p   (tasted 2017/12)

1961 Colheita, Calem
A deep, sweet, mature nose with notes of raspberry liquor, bakelite, moist earth, walnuts and white chocolate. A fine maturity and intensity. Very, very good.
The taste is deep, fine and high with notes of figs, dried mushrooms, green tea and minerals. A fine, dried up sweetness. Long and really fine. Bottled in 2016.
91p   (tasted 2017/12)

1966 Colheita, Krohn
Yet again, Krohn delivers the goods. The nose is stunning with a great mix of green olives, Islay whisky, ripe raspberries, asphalt and fried almonds. Very deep and intoxicating.
The taste is big, tight and concentrated with notes of cooked raspberries, figs, fried nuts, sweet balsamico vinegar and dark fudge. Very, very long with a very fine warmth. Great wine.
93p   (tasted 2017/12)

1970 Vintage Port, Cockburn
From a usually dependable and yummy vintage, this Cockburn is a tad boring. The nose is a bit foursquare with notes of dried red berries, bakelite, rosehips and plywood.
The taste is medium dry with dried up fruit, some smoky and earthy notes leading up to a short, vapid finish.
76p   (tasted 2017/12)

1975 Colheita, Feist
Bottled 1994. The nose is round, generous and very good with notes of raisins, dried apricots, Seville oranges, fir smoke and walnuts. A creamy character.
The taste is tight and warm with notes of dark almonds, raisins, asphalt, fried nuts and dry chocolate. More power than the nose leads you to believe. Long and firm. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2017/12)

20 Year Old Tawny, Quinta de Prelada
A deep, dark, spicy nose with notes of ripe blueberries, black tea, violets, fire smoke and sweet tobacco. Very, very good. A fine depth.
The taste is big and bold with notes of figs, blueberry pie, violet pastilles and dark chocolate. A long, lingering finish with a fine warmth and a lovely sweetness. A great Tawny.
91p   (tasted 2017/12)

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