Gould Campbell 1997 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Gould Campbell 1997 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: Good, deep centre. Lightening around the rim. Quite spirity on the nose. A little plum and cherry, too. Very spirity in the mouth. Some nice fruits, but dominated by the spirit. Shortish aftertaste with some gritty tannins. Nice but not spectacular.

Tasted at: Winelist, Bunghole

Date: 23rd December 2011

Rated*: P

Tasting 2

No notes recorded.

Tasted at: Berry Bros

Date: 1st December 2011

No rating.

Tasting 3

Notes: Same colour as the Malvedos. Considerably weaker on the nose, though. Some distant Muscovado sugar. Perhaps even treacle? But little fruit. In the mouth, no real fruit; this was slightly anemic. Some tannins left but they were gritty. Shortish aftertaste. Not great. Tim Stanley-Clarke described minerality. I agree but I am not sure this was good in this wine.

Tasted at: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate

Date: 14th November 2013

Rated*: P-

* 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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