Churchill 2014 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Churchill 2014 Vintage Port. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

Notes: A little light compared to the 2004 Quinta de Roriz

Tasted at: New Douro Tasting

Date: 7th November 2016

Rated*: P

Tasting 2

Notes: Dark purple. Little faded around the edges but still opaque in centre. Very fresh on the nose. Mint? Perhaps even eucalyptus? In the mouth, good initial fruit. Strong tannins. Little acidity. This is very good, especially for the year, but needs much more time.

Tasted at: Churchill’s Vintage Port Masterclass “E-Tasting”

Date: 19th May 2020

Rated*: C-

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.


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