2003 Cockburn

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jdaw1
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Re: 2003 Cockburn

Post by jdaw1 » 18:25 Tue 14 Oct 2008

2003 Cockburn: very purple red, and nosing of young black cherry. Rather light for an ’03. Is that caused by the high proportion of Tinto Cão grape?

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Re: 2003 Cockburn

Post by DRT » 17:18 Sat 25 Oct 2008

Big primary fruit smell. Great complexity but surprisingly little tannin. Good finish.
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Re: 2003 Cockburn

Post by AHB » 17:05 Sun 07 Dec 2008

Deep red colour, lighter on the rim. Slightly harsh on the nose over the fresh cranberries and bramble. Sweet fruit, mixed with an interesting pine sap initially but this is overwhelmed by the huge amount of fruit - but fruit which is held in a gentle restraint . What a lovely structure. Very mouthfilling and with a huge aftertaste. A massive aftertaste. Extremely enjoyable now but will be a real star in 20-50 years time. This blend had more Tinta Cao than the normal blend. 90/100.
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Re: 2003 Cockburn

Post by jdaw1 » 03:02 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:2003

Generic Information
Declared by all Port houses

Year/Viticulture
The year was remarkable in may ways. Only rarely does one come across an agricultural year when everything falls perfectly into place. We had a wet winter in the Douro, a bright spring allowing an even flowering and bunch-set of the grapes, a hot summer, and perfect conditions in which both harvesting and fermentation were carried out to perfection.

Tasting Notes
It is vibrant in coloir, intensity purple [sic] and with aromas of blackberries and mature plums; it has an elegant tannic structure, and it's full and firm on palate. Beautifully balanced with a long and slightly dry finish resonating with chocolate overtones.

Other
The fresh herb-laced aromatics of the dark-coloured 2003 Cockburn Vintage Port reveals loads of spirit-infused black fruits. Armed with a gorgeously rich and fruit packed mid-palate. (R. Parker)

MC-R notes
9/10

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