1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

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1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

Post by AHB » 08:54 Sat 04 Nov 2017

Deep garnet, intensely coloured; opaque. A lovely nose of blackcurrants and rock rose, sweet and delicious. Fruit and flowers on entry, lots of acidity balancing the intense blackcurrant. A huge mouthful of flavour, and so smooth. The aftertaste shows a flash of coffee and esteva. Some heat on the late aftertaste from the alcohol before a huge finish of delicious, sweet fruit. There is so much fruit that the tannins still don't show! Some 1997 ports are on their plateau already - this is not one of them. 92/100. 16-Jul-17. Decanted 2 hours.
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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