NV Cockburn Special Reserve

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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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NV Cockburn Special Reserve

Post by AHB » 21:43 Mon 03 Jan 2011

Bottled an estimated 30 years before being opened. Decanted off a modest amount of firm sediment. Surprisingly good colour for such an old ruby reserve. Faint cabbage on the nose, with some sweet rhubarb. Mild entry, which develops well to show mature red fruit (strawberry) and good depth of flavour. Air brings out more layering and flavours. Generous aftertaste, which leads to a big finish of bitters and sour cranberry. Extremely tasty port, if a little light in body. Nice drinking. 84/100. Drunk 31 December 2010 after 24 hours decanting.
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Re: NV Cockburn Special Reserve

Post by JacobH » 12:56 Tue 04 Jan 2011

AHB wrote:Bottled an estimated 30 years before being opened. Decanted off a modest amount of firm sediment. Surprisingly good colour for such an old ruby reserve. Faint cabbage on the nose, with some sweet rhubarb. Mild entry, which develops well to show mature red fruit (strawberry) and good depth of flavour. Air brings out more layering and flavours. Generous aftertaste, which leads to a big finish of bitters and sour cranberry. Extremely tasty port, if a little light in body. Nice drinking. 84/100. Drunk 31 December 2010 after 24 hours decanting.
Does this mean we should make a point of cellaring our Cockburn's Special Reserve for at least 30 years before drinking it?
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Re: NV Cockburn Special Reserve

Post by AHB » 10:45 Wed 05 Jan 2011

That is the clear conclusion that I have come to. Do not pop and pour your Cockburn Special Reserve. Cellar it for 20-30 years and then decant for at least 36 hours before drinking.

It's strange, I know, but I enjoyed this and the bottle even received approval from my better half.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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