2000 Quinta da Eira Velha

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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2000 Quinta da Eira Velha vintage port

Post by AHB » 23:19 Sat 16 Jan 2010

Bottled by the Symingtons for Sainsbury's Taste The Difference range. Decanted through coffee filter paper, leaving only fine and sludge-like sediment. Deep red in colour, opaque and still intense magenta on the rim. Sharp blackcurrants on the nose; harsh, but with a promising floral perfume tone to the bouquet. In the mouth, this is soft and smooth; fruit is subdued and the mix is overly acidic with the harshness on the nose carrying through to the palate. Tannins are soft and well integrated. Overall, the palate is unbalanced and unattractive. Harsh burn from the acidity on the immediate aftertaste with the finish being of gentle chocolate and dried cranberry - long and pleasant and the best aspect of this wine. This is probably a classic example of a port which is shut down - angular, harsh, unbalanced and acidic but surely not a port which any winemaker would allow to be released if this was all it had to offer. Have confidence, lock them away somewhere dark and leave them for at least 5 years.
83/100. Drunk after 13 hours decanting on 15 January 2010.
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Re: 2000 Quinta da Eira Velha vintage port

Post by DRT » 23:38 Sat 16 Jan 2010

"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 2000 Quinta da Eira Velha vintage port

Post by AHB » 22:25 Tue 19 Jan 2010

Today, on Wednesday 19th Jan, 84 hours after decanting, this is now much more approachable and enjoyable.
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Re: 2000 Quinta da Eira Velha vintage port

Post by DRT » 00:22 Wed 20 Jan 2010

AHB wrote:Today, on Wednesday 19th Jan, 84 hours after decanting, this is now much more approachable and enjoyable.
But is it ready to drink yet?
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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KillerB
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Re: 2000 Quinta da Eira Velha vintage port

Post by KillerB » 00:59 Wed 20 Jan 2010

I have just salvaged the last four bottles in Warwickshire. I have a feeling that in twenty years time I will consider that it was a worthy effort.
Port is basically a red drink

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Re: 2000 Quinta da Eira Velha vintage port

Post by angeleyes » 16:34 Wed 20 Jan 2010

Disappointed that it is apparantly now discontinued! Quite lovely now, but I'd agree a little off kilter. I've got 2 bottles left which I will try to forget about for a (hopefully) long while. :roll:
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Re: 2000 Quinta da Eira Velha vintage port

Post by KillerB » 23:53 Thu 21 Jan 2010

angeleyes wrote:Disappointed that it is apparantly now discontinued! Quite lovely now, but I'd agree a little off kilter. I've got 2 bottles left which I will try to forget about for a (hopefully) long while. :roll:
That's my intention. I have six or seven of them now. I don't ever expect them to be blockbusters but in twenty years time or thirty when we're all setting up the Port Forum retirement home we can pop the odd bottle and reminisce about when you could buy VP for under a tenner. "Tell kids that today and they will never believe you".
Port is basically a red drink

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