1907 Unknown

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
AHB
Fonseca 1970
Posts: 10993
Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Berkshire, UK

1907 Unknown

Post by AHB » 23:59 Sat 16 Jan 2010

From magnum. The glass of the magnum was dimpled and appeared to be old, the seal was of brittle black wax and was stamped with the single word ""PORT"". The wax of the seal appeared to be consistent with the age of the bottle. Stencilled on the bottle was ""W.W.W 1907"". If this was a port from 1907, this was only shipped by Sandeman, Terra Feita and Vargellas.

Very dark mature red in colour, but with a clear and transparent centre. Some bottle stink on the nose, but not enough to put you off tasting. The initial impression on the palate was of a wine which had dried out, with little fruit but some pleasant enough flavours and some modest complexity. Dry aftertaste, short in length. The overall impression was of a wine which was dried out and tired, but pleasant enough. 82/100. Drunk 17 Dec 2009.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

User avatar
JacobH
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
Posts: 2283
Joined: 16:37 Sat 03 May 2008
Location: London, UK
Contact:

Re: 1907 unknown vintage port

Post by JacobH » 16:29 Sun 17 Jan 2010

AHB wrote:Very dark mature red in colour, but with a clear and transparent centre. Some bottle stink on the nose, but not enough to put you off tasting. The initial impression on the palate was of a wine which had dried out, with little fruit but some pleasant enough flavours and some modest complexity. Dry aftertaste, short in length. The overall impression was of a wine which was dried out and tired, but pleasant enough. 82/100. Drunk 17 Dec 2009.
I enjoyed this more than AHB (perhaps he was is being a bit overcritical of his own bottle :wink:). I thought it ended up being quite nicely balanced with some interesting fruit despite its great age.
Image

Andy Velebil
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
Posts: 2422
Joined: 22:16 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Los Angeles, Ca USA
Contact:

Re: 1907 unknown vintage port

Post by Andy Velebil » 02:54 Fri 22 Jan 2010

I've seen "W's" used in cellars for old tawny's and typically it refers to a very old wine. IIRC each "W", or a portion thereof, means a certain amount of years. Is it possible this was a tawny or colheita of some sort?

User avatar
AHB
Fonseca 1970
Posts: 10993
Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Berkshire, UK

Re: 1907 unknown vintage port

Post by AHB » 21:26 Fri 22 Jan 2010

That's very interesting news. It is possible that it was a tawny, although that was not the impression that I had. My guess was that this was a private bottling and this particular bottle (or bottling) belonged to someone whose initials were WWW.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

User avatar
DRT
Graham’s 1948
Posts: 14977
Joined: 23:51 Wed 20 Jun 2007
Location: Chesterfield, UK
Contact:

Re: 1907 unknown vintage port

Post by DRT » 22:39 Sat 28 May 2011

This discussion on :ftlop: provides a possible explanation of what this is.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests