Friday, July 11, 2008

Colheita Port

After dinner with the Mouton, I opened a bottle of port that I just bought a few months ago. I've always been fascinated with port, with its history in particular.

This was a 1980 Kopke Colheita Port. From what I understand, Colheita Ports are the rarest of all ports, making up only about 1% of Portugal's total port production. Please correct me if I'm wrong on this. In any case, this wine is rare! This is because of the extraordinary amount of time it spends in barrel. This bottle for instance, wasn't bottled until 2007, making it 27 years in oak. It's been in oak longer than I've been alive.

I also picked up a bottle of the 1981 vintage. Just because.

I'm drinking a glass now, so I can tell you that it's a dark amber, very caramelized, very deep. It just fills the room with warm, toasty aromas of toffee, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate - I can keep going on and on, it's just so complex. It's magic in the mouth. Rich and velvety, the sweetness is just perfect. Not cloying, but teases the mouth just so. The finish is magnificent - crunchy wafers and dried fruits, it's smooth, and stays hauntingly long in the mouth. Glorious.

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