1998 Taylor Vargellas

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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DRT
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1998 Taylor's Quinta do Vargellas Vintage Port

Post by DRT » 23:39 Mon 26 Nov 2007

From a killer deal at Tesco - <£8 per bottle 88)

Huge fruity smell on decanting. Not much sediment, less than I would have expected from a SQVP. The colour is quite light. Not transparent by any means but not as thick and opaque as I would have expected.

On Decanting
A slight hint of spirit on the nose. Mid weight in the mouth. A little fire after a few seconds which faded quickly. Fruit bomb cherry and blackcurrant and a big tannic burst of dryness. I like this.

Derek
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Post by DRT » 21:34 Tue 27 Nov 2007

for reasons that I cannot even comprehend myself...

+48 Hours
Spirity nose. A nice weight and texture and still a big fruit bomb taste. The heat isn't evident in the mouth so much as it is in the nose. Lovely and smooth with some anecede and cherry truffle. A long, long finish that has the cheaks running with water yet my teeth and lips feel like they have been coated in chalk dust as the tannins are so dry.

I like this for drinking now but it will definately be better in 5 years time so my 6 pack is going away to grow up gracefully.

Score: 7-8

Derek
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Post by ajfeather » 21:54 Tue 27 Nov 2007

wow, shame I had bought this as a cheaper port to drink over the next 5 years, I shall have to watch it evolve and try a bottle every now and then.

thanks for the notes

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