Delaforce 1982 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Delaforce 1982 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: Quite light; muted on the nose with perhaps a touch of washing-up-liquid (though that, thankfully, didn’t get in the way). In the mouth, a striking treacle flavour balanced against some acidity. Long aftertaste where Cointreau predominated.

Tasted at: 1982 tasting

Rated*: C

Tasting 2

Notes: Darkest of the 1982. Red currants in the mouth, with a long aftertaste (perhaps turning a touch bitter at the end). A very good Port that was easily the best on the night.

Tasted at: 1982 tasting

Rated*: C

Tasting 3

Notes: A measure lighter + clearer than the 1980. Again, tobacco on the nose, but mixed with caramel. In the mouth, immediate hit of sugar. Mid-palate, good red fruit. Long, fruit aftertaste. Very, very good.

Tasted at: Delaforce Tasting

Rated*: C

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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