Dalva 1952 White: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Dalva 1952 White. 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: Vinologia. The nose was slightly disappointing, with a slight sensation of surgical spirit. Thankfully, once in the mouth. It had very little fruit but this was more than compensated by a luscious sweetness. I suppose Dalva must be ageing sweeter whites (perhaps a Lagrima rather than a standard dry). There was still a touch of tannins left, giving it body and this, combined with a bit of spice, reminded me far more of “mainstream” ports than any of the other whites I drank with it.

Tasted at: Oporto May 2009.

No rating.

A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: No; Possibly; or 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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