Just had the last glass of a decanter of 1963 Cockburn. Yummy. After three days, it was still fresh and sweet with lovely cherry and crushed berry character. I think it was best, though, just after I decanted it and served it to Giacomo Neri of Casanova di Neri and Vicenzo Abbruzzese of Valdicava, the two 100-point Brunello makers. I had them over for dinner at my house. I will tell you about it next week since it’s late now here in Tuscany.
Anyway, they were blown away by the freshness and richness of the 1963 Cockburn, which was one of the last bottles in my cellar. It was so layered and sweet, with chocolate and berry character. It lasted for minutes on the palate. I gave it 91 points, non-blind. It’s better than I remember, even in my book Vintage Port, which I wrote about 20 years ago. At that time, I gave it 88 points. Time goes by quickly but great Port seems to stay the same, or get better.
I gave a sip to my 12-year-old son, Jack, before he went to bed tonight, since he was curious about Vintage Port. “That's delicious Daddy, and nice and sweet,” he said. He was born in 1994, another superb vintage.
I guess he forgot that when he was just a week or so old I gave him a tiny drop of 1966 Quinta do Noval before he went to sleep when I lived in London. He also liked it back them.
Vintage Port is a wonderful drink with wonderful traditions …
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