Saturday, June 20, 2009

1986 Colheita Port

1986 Dow's

1986 Dow's Colheita Port, Oporto

So, it took a while, but I finally finished this wine. It's been almost neglected in the fridge, but colheita port is an extremely robust and sturdy wine.

Colheita port is one of the rarest ports produced. It's aged for a minimum of 7 years in casks, but in many cases, it stays in wood for decades. This example was bottled in 2008, giving it 22 years in oak.

The robe is amber brown, as things are after sitting in wood. However, the core is still holding onto a shimmer of red - certainly not youthful, but with plenty of life left. A nose of dried red fruits, toffee, caramelized sugars. The brandy is a bit intrusive.

On the palate, this is very silky, but good fruit left. The brandy does not feel well-integrated into the wine, and is a bit harsh. Long finish.

Compared with finer examples, this fine lacks complexity and finesse. A more simple style, but a good introduction to colheita ports. And of course, how could I refuse a wine from my birth year?

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