I like it – a little sweeter than I’d expected but with nice bright fruit, a salty edge to it and good acidity. 87pts (3/18)
Cherry, lots of cherry coming off the nose. There is a jammy element coming out with some warm honey as well. The palate is quite thick with some big tannin, moderate alcohol and then a lot of spice coming off. Nice and juicy, well made, but I think a tiny bit clumsy on the midpalate before it cleans itself up and finished off well. 87pts (February 2017)
So the idea behind this is to see how a bottle of vintage port evolves over five days. I’ll be tasting the wine every day and figuring out when the ‘sweet spot’ is. This might seem like it is just me being an pedantic idiot, but it actually has some relevance. The reason so many people don’t buy better bottles is because they don’t want the wine to go off before they finish it. By conducting this experiment, we’ll see what a decent bottle of port can do, and then if it is nice after a week, there is no excuse not to drink nicer wine. So the rules;
- Only I will drink the wine – no sharing.
- I opened the wine, decanted it and left it in a decanter for 90 minutes before the first tasting.
- I then put the wine back into the bottle and stoppered it with a cork stopper from an old bottle of tawny port.
- I’ll try the wine every night and write a tasting note based on what I find.
- The port I chose was a 1985 Gould Campbell Vintage Port
So, on day 1…
Ruby at the core of the wine, and then getting a tinge of brick around the edges. The nose has warm plum, cinnamon and fruitcake with a floral perfume aroma too. The palate is round, soft at first but then alcohol comes in as does cigar tobacco. There is an earthy element too that has a sweet fruit flavour calming it, and the alcohol, down by the end. A savoury finish. 87pts
This had a lovely cassis and bramble on the nose, a little cracked coffee bean mixed with dark chocolate. The palate is soft, juicy dark berry fruit, a little heat up front and then some really tasty savoury elements creeping through. Lots of coffee on the finish…. minty notes too with some more of the coffee bean flavour. A long end, a touch of alcohol heat, but essentially a cracking cracking bottle of port. 87pts (Sept 2010)
There is an aroma of sweet tobacco, sweet herbs and sweet fruit! This is a lovely sweet elegant aroma with juicy, full on berries. Lush fruit, some woody elements with a lot of tobacco, good brambles, a bit of higher alcohol and spice, but with a dried fruit finish. Quite dry and spicy, bit of alcohol, but with plumskin and leath on the finish. Very clean and great value. 87pts (June 2011)
It looked more like a lighter ruby as there was still a lot of red in the colour, but it was quite transparent and looked more like an older vintage. The nose too had a lot of sweeter, juicier red berries, but there was a definite Tawny element. Some raisin elements, a lot of brown sugar and prunes came through. The palate was quite sweet, with a combination of brambles and prunes, blueberries and leather and then with a dried fruit soaked in rum flavour on the finish. It was very well balanced, with a lovely, long lasting finish. 87pts (May 2011)
A lovely, bright tawny nose with sweet spice, citrus peel, leather and raisins. The palate is very spicy with dried fruit, an elegant wine, just lacking a little interest for me. 87pts (Oct 2015)
Sweet bramble with a basil, leather and cocoa secondary aroma. Mint flavoured toffee with powerful tannin, sweet brambles and an earthy note. 87pts (June 2011)
Rich bramble and with lots of tobacco, spice, liquorice, leather and cinnamon. A bit of alcohol kicks in and then soft round fruit tames it. Nice but not brilliant. 87pts (Dec 2009)
Drunk with Henry Hutchinson
Rich, round and with a lovely tobacco and blackcurrant flavour. Christmas pudding too on the nose. There is a herbal sweet palate, spicy with a bit of a lean finish. A little past it? 87pts (Jan 08)