It never ceases to amaze me how Vintage Ports age so slowly, particularly the great ones. And how, when they finally start to go past their prime, they simply become nice tawnies …
I thought about this over the weekend when I tasted a range of Vintage Ports from 2004, 1997, 1985, and 1977. Those with vintages ending in seven were for 10-year and 30-year retrospectives, while 2004 was the most recent release on the market. Most of the top names in Port made single quinta VPs in 2004.
Anyway, I was impressed how the 1977s hadn’t changed that much since 1997, when I last did a tasting of a range of big name Ports from '77. The scores that I gave the wines over the weekend were very close to the scores I gave 10 years ago. And most hadn’t changed, or had only slightly softened. It is a great vintage with some great wines.
The 1985s also mirrored what I wrote originally. But the wines that were weak in that year just got weaker, like Croft and Delaforce. The 1997s are just starting to open. But I would give them a few more years.
I can’t give it all away now due to upcoming reports on WineSpectator.com and in the magazine, but Vintage Port is a special wine indeed.
Jeffrey Ghi — New York — August 20, 2007 1:22pm ET
Jim Mcclure — DFW, Texas — August 20, 2007 2:51pm ET
Richard Horvath — August 20, 2007 3:19pm ET
William Delaney — Arlington VA — August 21, 2007 9:21am ET
Richard Horvath — August 21, 2007 12:32pm ET
Jeffrey Ghi — New York — August 21, 2007 11:53pm ET
William Delaney — Arlington VA — August 22, 2007 11:15am ET
Jim Mcclure — DFW, Texas — August 22, 2007 11:18am ET
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