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NV Cockburn Special Reserve

Posted: 21:43 Mon 03 Jan 2011
by AHB
Bottled an estimated 30 years before being opened. Decanted off a modest amount of firm sediment. Surprisingly good colour for such an old ruby reserve. Faint cabbage on the nose, with some sweet rhubarb. Mild entry, which develops well to show mature red fruit (strawberry) and good depth of flavour. Air brings out more layering and flavours. Generous aftertaste, which leads to a big finish of bitters and sour cranberry. Extremely tasty port, if a little light in body. Nice drinking. 84/100. Drunk 31 December 2010 after 24 hours decanting.

Re: NV Cockburn Special Reserve

Posted: 12:56 Tue 04 Jan 2011
by JacobH
AHB wrote:Bottled an estimated 30 years before being opened. Decanted off a modest amount of firm sediment. Surprisingly good colour for such an old ruby reserve. Faint cabbage on the nose, with some sweet rhubarb. Mild entry, which develops well to show mature red fruit (strawberry) and good depth of flavour. Air brings out more layering and flavours. Generous aftertaste, which leads to a big finish of bitters and sour cranberry. Extremely tasty port, if a little light in body. Nice drinking. 84/100. Drunk 31 December 2010 after 24 hours decanting.
Does this mean we should make a point of cellaring our Cockburn's Special Reserve for at least 30 years before drinking it?

Re: NV Cockburn Special Reserve

Posted: 10:45 Wed 05 Jan 2011
by AHB
That is the clear conclusion that I have come to. Do not pop and pour your Cockburn Special Reserve. Cellar it for 20-30 years and then decant for at least 36 hours before drinking.

It's strange, I know, but I enjoyed this and the bottle even received approval from my better half.