Monday, December 27, 2010

1996 Vintage Port


1996 Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha, Vintage Port, DOC Douro

I'm developing this bad habit of breaking Vintage Port corks into the bottle. My mistake this time was putting in the worm just off centre, breaking the cork halfway - I managed to fish the broken half out, but had to deal with cork dust floating in the wine.

Vintage Port is a standby for the holidays in my house. I don't have the luxury of any aged bottles myself, so whenever I can find an older wine, I buy. Dark and inky, intense on the bouquet. I've read this kind of description before, and I don't want to say it, but it does remind me of a dark, rich, savoury soy sauce. Very fragrant, full texture, balanced sweetness - so complex, so delicious.

Still a young Vintage Port, but drinking beautifully. More practice needed, to pull out the cork intact. Or maybe I just need port tongs?


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