1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

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1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by DRT » 01:05 Mon 22 Feb 2010

Tasted as part of a Vesuvio Vertical from 1989 to 2008 at The New Cavendish Club, London on 23rd February 2010.
*Please note that the 2008 Cask Sample was donated to this tasting by the Symington family before the final blend was complete so this may not accurately represent what the Vesuvio 2008 will be, should it be approved and declared later in 2010.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: 1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by JacobH » 16:55 Tue 02 Mar 2010

Same colour as the '96. Very muted on the nose and in the mouth, too. Quite elegant to drink now but very subdued. Probably needs more time to open up.
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Re: 1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by Chris Doty » 20:41 Tue 02 Mar 2010

So...the only thing I wrote about this wine was 'meh' -- I remember it being pretty bland, dilute, and tannic without being flavorful. Among the less interesting wines of the night.

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Re: 1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by DRT » 00:53 Wed 03 Mar 2010

Peppery nose. Nice weight with lots of ripe fruits and very approachable now but with a reasonably long life ahead. I have more of this vinatge of Vesuvio than any other and I am not displeased with that fact :D
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Re: 1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by AHB » 01:15 Sun 21 Mar 2010

Lighter in colour than the 1995 or 1996 shown alongside. Quite subdued on the nose, showing very little. Dry and woody initial impact, very dry and acidic. Fruit is late to come through with the acidic structure and a sawdust flavour initially dominating, but the fruit does come through. The aftertaste is hot, but the length is very impressive. This is exceedingly closed or is a flawed bottle. Hopefully this will improve. Not rated.
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Re: 1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by jdaw1 » 13:07 Mon 05 Apr 2010

V97: surprisingly red colour for a declared year. Very soft, with lots of red fruit.

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Re: 1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by Portman » 20:09 Tue 06 Apr 2010

Lots of contradictions in these TN's! Wine can be such a moving target depending on the bottle and the taster, yes?

I believe I have one bottle left of six that I bought as cellar defenders at auction. I found these wines to be dark, fleshy, and well perfumed. They were a bit disjointed, but I wasnt sure if that was a phase or some underlying weakness in the wine.

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