Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Dow's Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Porto 1992 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Very nice nose of black cherry, molasses, and brown sugar

Ultra smooth texture on the palate

Relaxed, graceful finish with more cherry, chocolate, and pepper

Vintage port is a real treat and I had the pleasure of uncorking this wine with PB over the holidays. The flavors are nice and the texture is as smooth as can be. It tastes clean and well-integrated, not heavy, flabby or syrup-like. I appreciate this because fortified wines can often taste too heavy.

Drinking this port that's 15 years old makes me wonder how long it could really cellar. Current thinking is that the finest ports from the finest years could go for two or three centuries in the cellar. While this is a little bit extreme, I bet this port would still taste really nice in another 50 years. The oldest I've tasted is a 1963, which was still youthful.

For the privilege of vintage port, plan on spending some money. This bottle is a pretty good value at around $45. Older wines can be much more. However, compared to other world class wine categories, this is a relative bargain.

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