Quevedo 2009 “Susão Sample” Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Quevedo 2009 “Susão Sample” 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 purple colour. Very perfumed nose dominated by violets. In the mouth much more subtle. Surprisingly so, indeed. An odd mixture of initial sugar followed by quite a lot of dryness. Tannins present but not excessively so. The best nose of the samples but not very interesting to drink on its own.

Tasted at: Single Varietal Ports

No rating.


Tasting 2

Notes: Much more dark and opaque than the Touriga Nacional and much more subtle on the nose, which was slightly spirity. In the mouth, lots of rounded cherries and other fruits with some velvety tannins. A long aftertaste, with a strong tannic grip. As with the Touriga Nacional, one would not choose to drink this on its own but the desirability of combining its flavours with the Nacional’s aromas is obvious.

Tasted at: Single Varietal Ports

No rating.


Tasting 3

Notes: Much less colour in that Touriga Francesca. Some fruit on the nose but gentle. In the mouth sugary round fruit. Very pleasant to drink. Rather inoffensive an unexciting except for a slightly astringent aftertaste. I can see the attraction for using this as a base for a blend of Port with a little of the other varietals to flesh out the bouquet and palate since it was the most pleasant to drink unmixed.

Tasted at: Single Varietal Ports

No rating.


Tasting 4

Notes: A similar colour to the Touriga Nacional; nice and dark but not quite as dark as the Touriga Francesca. In the mouth loads of hard tannins and green stalks with astringent aftertaste. Not very nice to drink no its own at all. However, I can see how a little of this, added to a blend would really give good structure to the Port. I imagine Tinta Cão is one of the grapes which really provides Port’s longevity.

Tasted at: Single Varietal Ports

No rating.


Tasting 5

Notes: Reasonable colour with a good mixture of fruit and tannins on the palate. Although I was suffering from palate fatigue (this was the 37th wine I tried that evening...) it was clear that this was a nice and round Port and, like the Tinta Roriz could easily be used as a “base” wine to which others could be added to flesh out the bouquet.

Tasted at: Single Varietal Ports

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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