1912 Cockburn

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1912 Cockburn vintage port

Post by AHB » 01:42 Sun 16 Dec 2007

At Stevie's request, I am now posting my tasting notes from the TPF Christmas offline on December 15, 2007. Hopefully others will add their impressions in due course.

Decanted 6 hours.

This port put on substantial colour since decanting, now an orange rim and a mid-red centre. Still significant bottle stink and alcohol and a lot of discussion about whether there was a smell to this wine that is associated with leaking bottles (this bottle had been seeping and is why it was chosen for tonight). After sitting in the glass for a while, tertiary brown sugar smells appeared. Nicely entry with an elegant balance between sweet fruit sugars and structuring acidity. Bitter coffee on the edge of the tongue and caramel / toffee in the centre, changing in the mouth until you reach a lovely Seville orange. A glowing aftertaste that reminded me of the few times I have ended up (accidentally) chewing on Earl Grey tea leaves. 93/100.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Post by RonnieRoots » 17:58 Mon 17 Dec 2007

Maybe, this port was fading slightly, and maybe it had some characteristics of leaking on the nose, but it was still very much enjoyable and ever so special to drink. After this was revealed as Cockburn, I immediately recognised that dark, almost tarry, aroma that I always associate with Cockburn, but never seem to pick up when I'm guessing the producer. 92 points.

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