Niepoort 1977 Garrafeira: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Niepoort 1977 Garrafeira. 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: A deep orange in the middle which fades to paleness at the edge. The most extraordinary aroma, which lasts for a great length of time: a combination of hazelnuts, and some fruit. In the mouth, it is similar, there is a combination of a nuttiness that would come from the tawny-style (with, again, hazelnuts predominating) and some cherries and other fruits remaining. The sugar is good: not too cloying. Very drinkable with an endless after-taste that demands concentration. Fabulous.

Tasted at: Big Fortified Tasting, London

Date: 7th April 2011

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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