2015 Cockburn

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AHB
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2015 Cockburn

Post by AHB » 09:39 Sun 15 Oct 2017

I had the opportunity to spend an extended period of time tasting a bottle of Cockburn 2015. My overall opinion on this port is that it is pleasant and elegant but a little simple to be a great port. The fruit is round and gentle, the tannins so soft and hidden as to be only discernible on the aftertaste, and the wine is dominated by the acidity. The acidity - which is very pronounced - will likely give the port the ability to age for many decades, but my opinion is that this will be a gentle and elegant style of port rather than a big and burly wine. 87-89/100. Tasted between 7 and 13 Oct 2017.
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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Re: 2015 Cockburn

Post by RonnieRoots » 23:54 Mon 16 Oct 2017

AHB wrote:
09:39 Sun 15 Oct 2017
this will be a gentle and elegant style of port rather than a big and burly wine.
So in that sense very much a classic Cockburn VP?

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Re: 2015 Cockburn

Post by AHB » 19:42 Tue 17 Oct 2017

True, but I was a little underwhelmed by it. Usually I find more structure in a youthful VP, but this seemed elegant almost to the point of being light.

I wonder what the 1975 ports where like when they were first bottled? I didn't taste them, but I wondered whether they were like this. And don't get me wrong, I've grown to like the 1975 vintage ports. They are gentle and delicious and I am really enjoying drinking them at the moment.
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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Re: 2015 Cockburn

Post by RonnieRoots » 23:15 Thu 19 Oct 2017

Ah ok, that makes sense.

Growing fond of 1975?? What has become of the world!? :wink:
Would 1967 also be a good comparison? An elegant Cockburn that I always liked a lot.

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Re: 2015 Cockburn

Post by Andy Velebil » 02:48 Fri 20 Oct 2017

It's pretty well known the Cockburn's facilities were in pretty poor shape when the Sym's took them over. I don't think they've totally revamped everything there yet. I'd imagine it's gonna take a bit more time to get everything back up to tip top shape and return it to the former glory it once was. No small task that's for sure. They've made good strides already with the lower and mid tier Ports and really cleaned up the VP as well... (and a really good and super inexpensive Cockburn's Douro wine called "Tuella" we get at Trader Joe's markets).

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