We decided to do a bit of an impromptu Symington White Blind Tasting, trying the Cockburn Fine White against the Graham № 5 Blend White.
Medium dry blend of Malvasia Fina and Moscatel Gallego bottled 3 months after harvest (!) at 19% ABV. Beautiful decorated bottle; a limited edition of 6,000. Very pale colour. Paler than the Cockburn “Fine White”. Very fruity on the nose. Classic lágrima: tropical fruits (e.g. lychees) with vanilla. Almost coconut. In the mouth, immediately quite simple fruits. Followed by some sugar. A very floral aftertaste. A touch of lemon, too. Moderately sweet. It felt like 90% of a pudding wine but with a Port backbone. Edged the Cockburn in a blind taste on finesse.
Date: 13th July 2020
http://www.jacob-head.com/port/records/ ... ne%20White
[* A Note on Ratings
My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: No; Possibly; or Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.]
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