Notes: Produced by Quinta do Vale Meão for Selfridges, the name—which apparently comes from Henry Whytingham, a 17th Century shipper—is possibly just branding. Deep red in the centre fading to quite light red around the rim. The nose is light but attractive. A little red fruit and some toffee. In the mouth, not a great deal of fruit; a reasonable quantity of very gentle tannins; and moderate acidity. However, the aftertaste is long and attractive with fresh cherries predominating. Although neither mature nor tired, it feels rather quick maturing. Unfortunately, though, I’m afraid that whilst there isn’t anything particularly wrong with this Port, I just don’t find it particularly enjoyable. I think it is not easy drinking enough nor of impressive complexity.
Date: 21st August 2020
http://www.jacob-head.com/port/records/ ... am_2001_VP
* A Note on Ratings
My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—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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