1987 Cockburn Tua

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Will W.
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1987 Cockburn Tua

Post by Will W. » 23:05 Thu 11 Jun 2020

Having never had a Quinta do Tua and being largely unfamiliar with Cockburn’s vintage ports, this bottle made for a very pleasant educative experience.

In the glass after a five-hour decant on 07 June 2020, the semi-opaque wine showed clear signs of bricking. The nose was proffered a youthful medley of minerals, coniferous forest floor, raspberries, black currants and cherries. With respect to the latter, I never could decide whether they were black or red (i.e., do read on). A certain spice likewise tickled the olfactory nerve. At the fore-palate, wild strawberries were in evidence, along with hints of pine sap and nettle tea. These sensations gave way quickly to candied orange peel, grape stem, coffee and, counter-intuitively, far less spice than had been discerned at the nose. I found myself struggling to identify much of anything at the back-palate, beyond the gentlest of tannins – principally, I think, because each mouthful of this port differed than the previous and I became obsessed with finding consistency at the fore- and mid-palate for the purposes of this tasting note. ‘Twas my failing, not that of the port. As to the finish: it was understated, most agreeable and of medium length, the principal note being that of lemongrass.

This wine was very well balanced, with the levels of acidity and residual sugar being minimal. Indeed, the 1987 Quinta do Tua proved to be quite a dry port, though it is not to be confused with the Bomfim of the same year, the fruit being much more in evidence on the palate with the latter. At or near its peak, this sphinx of a wine should challenge the senses for another decade from its position, alongside the Bomfim, at the top (to paraphrase a certain solictor-cum-wine secretary) of its generation's second rank.

-91 Points

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Re: 1987 Cockburn Tua

Post by AHB » 09:00 Tue 16 Jun 2020

You have tasted and drunk a pretty rare wine. As far as we have been able to tell, 1987 is the only year in which the Tua wines were separately vinified, bottled and sold under the Tua label. It's many years since I have tasted one, but when I last did I had the same impression as you - it's a jolly decent wine.
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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Re: 1987 Cockburn Tua

Post by Christopher » 19:38 Fri 10 Jul 2020

AHB , I picked up a 1947 Tua a few years ago, I don’t think it’s in the book!

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Re: 1987 Cockburn Tua

Post by Andy Velebil » 21:09 Fri 10 Jul 2020

Christopher wrote:
19:38 Fri 10 Jul 2020
AHB , I picked up a 1947 Tua a few years ago, I don’t think it’s in the book!
The author will request high res pictures be sent to him. Or he'll say it's not a big enough brand to warrant a new chapter. :lol:

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