Delaforce 1985 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Delaforce 1985 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: Now at maturity; a tawny colour and possessing a certain elegance.

Tasted at: TCP wine-list

Rated*: C

Tasting 2

Notes: Good red middle, fading to pink. Completely clear. Good eucalyptus/spearmint and tobacco on the nose. Perhaps some cut grass. Good fruit in the mouth, though still with that initial hit of sugar. Longish aftertaste. Some rounded tannins on the top of the mouth. Some mint, too. Will be very good in a few more years.

Tasted at: Delaforce Tasting

Date: 24th April 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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