1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

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jdaw1
Taylor 1900
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1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by jdaw1 » 22:33 Thu 25 Feb 2016

Johnny Symington and other suspects gathered at the B&F for a complete vertical of Quinta do Vesuvio.

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Constandia
Cockburn’s Special Reserve
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Re: 1997 Vesuvio

Post by Constandia » 11:22 Sun 28 Feb 2016

Clear very deep dark red with vibrant red hues. There is a lot going on here. The nose is packed with jammy dark fruit, black cherry, plums but also coffee, chocolate and mint. On the palate it's sweet, with high balancing acidity, a full body, soft tannins and a long finish. The 1997 Vesuvio showed also well the next day and found it equally attractive, it has lovely concentrated sweet fruit, there is room for this wine to develop in the future and I look forward to trying it again in a few years time. Dia -93/100 - 24/02/2016

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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1997 Vesuvio

Post by flash_uk » 17:50 Mon 29 Feb 2016

80% opacity, deep dark red. Peppery nose. Full mouthfeel, soft tannins, chocolate and pepper. Drinking very nicely!

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Doggett
Warre’s Traditional LBV
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Re: 1997 Vesuvio

Post by Doggett » 17:34 Thu 10 Mar 2016

V97 85% opacity. WOTN for me. I am sure the 94 will live longer, and maybe this has developed a bit faster, but it was a wonderful port. A silky smoothness accompanied by huge plummy jammy fruits. Just the right balance of fruit flavours, tannins and heat on an amazingly long wonderful finish. Yummy juice!
93 points

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Fonseca 1970
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Re: 1997 Vesuvio

Post by AHB » 12:49 Fri 01 Apr 2016

Dark red, intensely coloured and with a narrow rim. Sweet brambles on the nose; very sweet but with so much fruit showing. The sweet fruit leads the entry, a huge mouthful of fruit followed by a wave of tannins all matched by an excellent balanced acidity. Sweet fruit and freshly crushed pine needles on the finish which is of medium duration. One of the few 1997s I have had recently which will reward patience. 91/100.
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