1997 Cockburn

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Re: 1997 Cockburn

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Re: 1997 Cockburn

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1997 Cockburn: a too-young red fading to dark pink at the edge. Nose of vegetables! Parsnips? Buttered peas? SRC said “broccoli†. Short, and lightly bitter. Not liked.

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Re: 1997 Cockburn

Post by DRT » 17:14 Sat 25 Oct 2008

A very young "raw" smell with a hint of VA. In the mouth "chocolate - slightly bitter - nice long finish"
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Re: 1997 Cockburn

Post by Overtired and emotional » 22:46 Sun 26 Oct 2008

Normally I would not broach a vintage port less than fifteen years old, normally twenty. However, I heard that this one may mature early. Is it fair to conclude from your notes that it is better to give it a few years yet?
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Re: 1997 Cockburn

Post by DRT » 11:45 Mon 27 Oct 2008

Overtired and emotional wrote:Normally I would not broach a vintage port less than fifteen years old, normally twenty. However, I heard that this one may mature early. Is it fair to conclude from your notes that it is better to give it a few years yet?
I would say yes, leave this for a few years yet.
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Re: 1997 Cockburn

Post by AHB » 17:03 Sun 07 Dec 2008

Deep red but showing signs of aging in the colour. Nose of fresh cut cabbage, mint and grass. Dry entry, soft redcurrants but a hard streak in the mid-palate. Lots of fruit in the aftertaste, which lasts well and finishes with oranges. A second sip and the tannins show through thye masses of fruit. 89/100.
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Re: 1997 Cockburn

Post by jdaw1 » 03:04 Wed 07 Jan 2009

Miguel Côrte-Real sent AHB some of his own notes on the various vintages, some obviously drafted in advance, some from the day itself.
Miguel Côrte-Real wrote:1997

Generic Information
Declared by all the leading shippers

Year/Viticulture
Was truly an excellent year in the Douro Valley. The harvest was one of the longest in living memory. AT the far eastern extremities of the Upper Douro, picking began before the end of August and continued until the second week of October in the cooler areas of the Cima and Baixa Corgo. The crop was small and produced grapes with wonderfully concentrd flavours, provding outstanding wines with excellent structure and an intensely fruity aroma.

Tasting Notes
Deep and dark in colour. Has a nose of rich plums, blueberries and figs and it is big, with a good tannic structure and some nuances of chocolate.

MC-R notes
8.5/10

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