2000 Sainsbury's Taste the Difference

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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Tarne
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2000 Sainsbury's Taste the Difference

Post by Tarne » 15:42 Sat 22 Aug 2020

Bottled by Symington. First bottle was corked; not a good start especially as it was a birthday treat.  However, thankfully the second of the gifted bottles was enjoyed by all and saved the day.

Dark purple and 90% opaque. Dry herbs on the nose and in the mouth a concentrated mix of dark plums - which predominated - and black cherries with a pleasing touch of mixed spice. Underlying tannins and a little heat were mostly masked by the fruit. Smooth and mouth filling with little after taste.

I have experienced few cases of cork taint with port but once I get even the slightest whiff of that characteristic odor I’m unable, like some, to see past it.

Having been disappointed would I buy this port? The good bottle was no more satisfying than many better valued unfiltered L B V’s I’ve enjoyed so, no!

A question please for someone more knowledgeable - there is a single uppercase R printed on the side of the cork (which appeared young) does this indicate re-corking?

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