2003 Quinta do Vesuvio

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DRT
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2003 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by DRT » 01:10 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"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 2003 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by JacobH » 17:01 Tue 02 Mar 2010

Same colour as the 2000 with a very similar nose. Notably more youthful, though. Obviously very immature in the mouth but still quite elegant, despite the tannic edge to it.
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Re: 2003 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by Chris Doty » 20:47 Tue 02 Mar 2010

Wow! Another immense effort, and already showing balance and structure in a way that the 2000 isn't. Obviously tannic and difficult in the mouth, but this shows the potential to at least match the great 1994 if given enough time.

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Re: 2003 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by DRT » 01:03 Wed 03 Mar 2010

An intense fruit-bomb nose. massive fruit and acidity on the palate with a long, long finish. Excellent wine and, for me, better than the 2000.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 2003 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by AHB » 13:41 Fri 05 Mar 2010

Vey dark, opaque centre and a deep coloured rim. Vibrant nose, full of blackcurrants and sloes. Soft and smooth texture on entry; plenty of fruit but massive tannins hidden behind it all. Such a fruit driven wine, but without being jammy. Strong structure of acid and tannin promises much for the future. An immediate impact from the aftertaste, full in flavour, somewhat jammy but with lovely dry tannins on the cheeks. 94/100.
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Re: 2003 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by jdaw1 » 22:04 Tue 06 Apr 2010

V03: young enough to stain the glass; opaque; purple at edge. With lots and lots of jammy fruit.

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