2005 Quinta do Vesuvio

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Forum rules
Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Post Reply
User avatar
DRT
Graham’s 1948
Posts: 14883
Joined: 23:51 Wed 20 Jun 2007
Location: Chesterfield, UK
Contact:

2005 Quinta do Vesuvio VP

Post by DRT » 00:45 Wed 19 Mar 2008

From the tasting on 18 Mar 08 - served blind

Black and totally opaque. Very raw young nose. Lovely thick purple tears. Soft and smooth in the mouth but not as thick as I thought it would be. A big tannic blast hits the mid-palate but then a lovely long strawberry finish.

On initial tasting I noted "Vesuvio 2005" - I then talked myself into something else but ended up back here. Not a great guess given the raw nature of the wine and the person who supplied it :roll:

Derek
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

User avatar
Axel P
Niepoort 1977
Posts: 1636
Joined: 08:09 Wed 12 Sep 2007
Location: Langenfeld, near Cologne, Germany
Contact:

Post by Axel P » 10:01 Wed 19 Mar 2008

I had this wine four times now, one cask sample with it. I love it, but I do not want to tell to much in advance...

Axel
worldofport.com
o-port-unidade.com

User avatar
AHB
Fonseca 1970
Posts: 10658
Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Berkshire, UK

Post by AHB » 11:22 Tue 25 Mar 2008

Young and purple colour, purple colour sticks to the edge of the glass when you swirl. Wonderfully complex nose; masses of blackcurrants, licorice and some spicy oregano but also strangely restrained in some way. Initially sweet and restrained fruitiness in the mouth; tannins come through gradually and gently but are noticeable before fading back again to leave many, many layers of a very complex wine with a great mix of fruit and herbs and great acidity. Aftertaste is huge in flavour and very fruity, but fades abruptly after a decent length before hanging around for a fair while as a faint "taste memory". Fun to drink today, but will reward a couple of decades in the cellar. 5-7 or 91/100. Drunk on 18th March 2008 after 9 hours of decanting time.

Footnote
I finally managed to get round to finishing off the rest of the decanter about 5 days after opening the bottle. I was surprised at how much this sludge has already formed in the bottle and anyone else who is considering drinking one of these, I would recommend that it be decanted of the sediment rather than just empty the bottle into the decanter as I did.

This was still drinking very well after 5 days. By the fifth day, the alcohol had become more obvious and so had the tannins, but these were still wrapped up within a lovely and massive fruit dominance. Still delicious after nearly a week of neglect.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Taylor 2010 LBV
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest