Cockburn 1970 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Cockburn 1970 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: Deepish red in the middle, fading to a translucent orange which borders on invisible. A little bit of heat on the nose. Very subtle otherwise. In the mouth, some dry berries, others said cranberries but I am not sure this was an exact match. Overall dryness makes this hard work.

Tasted at: The Bunghole

Date: 10th January 2012

Rated*: C-

Tasting 2

Notes: Red middle, fading to a light pink around the edge. Subtle light cherries on the nose. In the mouth nice Porty flavours. Slightly acidic when it first hits the tongue and perhaps slight coffee afterwards. Short aftertaste. Very good if not excellent.

Tasted at: The Bunghole

Date: 10th January 2012

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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