2015 Vintage Review

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AHB
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2015 Vintage Review

Post by AHB » 00:35 Sat 16 Dec 2017

I've tasted a fair range of vintage ports from the 2015 vintage and have had the opportunity to taste a number of them several times or over an extended period. My overall impression of the vintage is that is has produced a lot of very "pretty" ports. In the majority the fruit is delicate, clean and refreshing. The ports have plenty of acidity in them but are light and nimble, elegant rather than powerful. The tannins are soft, fine grained and mainly hidden by the fruit. There are some exceptions, but the vast majority of the ports are along these lines.

As I load tasting notes on the 2015 ports I will add links to this post.
2015 Alves de Sousa
2015 Cockburn
2015 Cockburn
2015 Cockburn
2015 Cockburn (from an extended tasting)
2015 Cockburn
2015 Dow Senhora da Ribeira
2015 Dow Senhora da Ribeira
2015 Dow Senhora da Ribeira
2015 Dow Senhora da Ribeira (from an extended tasting)
2015 Duorum
2015 Ferreira Quinta do Porto
2015 Graham Stone Terraces
2015 Graham Stone Terraces
2015 Graham Stone Terraces
2015 Pintas
2015 Quinta da Gaivosa from Alves de Sousa
2015 Quinta do Crasto
2015 Quinta do Noval (from an extended tasting)
2015 Quinta do Vale Dona Maria
2015 Quinta do Vale Meao
2015 Quinta do Vesuvio
2015 Quinta do Vesuvio
2015 Quinta do Vesuvio (from an extended tasting)
2015 Quinta dos Murcas
2015 Ramos Pinto
2015 Ramos Pinto
2015 Sandeman Seixo
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 Vintage Review

Post by g-man » 12:07 Mon 18 Dec 2017

TL:DR Graham stone terraces top of the class?
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Re: 2015 Vintage Review

Post by AHB » 00:01 Tue 19 Dec 2017

g-man wrote:
12:07 Mon 18 Dec 2017
TL:DR Graham stone terraces top of the class?
TL:DR? Not sure what that means.

But yes, GST blew me away. I told Charles S that I thought it was the best young vintage port I have ever tasted. Pure finesse yet incredibly complex.
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 Vintage Review

Post by g-man » 02:10 Tue 19 Dec 2017

AHB wrote:
00:01 Tue 19 Dec 2017
g-man wrote:
12:07 Mon 18 Dec 2017
TL:DR Graham stone terraces top of the class?
TL:DR? Not sure what that means.

But yes, GST blew me away. I told Charles S that I thought it was the best young vintage port I have ever tasted. Pure finesse yet incredibly complex.
heh, i meant it was too long and i didnt read through all of your individual tasting notes to get a summarization of what the wine of the vintage is =)

good to hear,

I was acutlaly more fond of the vesuvio! in 2015
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Re: 2015 Vintage Review

Post by AHB » 06:31 Tue 19 Dec 2017

I should have said that if you want a summary where I’ve tasted multiple times, just read the extended tasting note.
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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