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Vintage Port Tasting

Last week I had a chance to taste 18 young 2003 vintage port wines. Poor me, I know, I know, I shouldn’t complain, but this was not an easy task. Each one was deep dark and dense. Tannins and acids that stripped my tongue of feeling by the end of the night. So the question is what did I think? Well I was impressed. I’ve drank a lot of port but never so many young ones in one standing. I do not profess to be a port expert I leave that to people like Roy! Therefore enjoy the notes for what they are, and compare and contrast with others out there. For a experts opinion and more indepth tasting notes, make sure to check out Fortheloveofport.com for Roy’s reviews of these and many more.
Explanations for the notes:
I have read a lot about this vintage but I did not have anyone’s notes with me to reference, nor did I remember who scored what.
These are all but 3 or 4 of the notes that I have entered from that tasting.
Some of the notes have a 1st and 2nd designation. What this means is that I first did a speed tasting to get through all of them and to get a general idea of what they were like. Then I went back without looking at my notes and tasted out of order again, ones that I thought needed another look. It’s fun to compare what differences I found, and with some of them just a little be more time in the decanters helped them. In all honesty, if I was to do this in my home I would have left these wines to air out for a day or two, so that I could get a better idea of where they might be headed in the long run. Unfortunately that was not possible.
As for color, after the first one I realized that the lighting situation I had did not allow me to assess fairly the color. Needless to say they were all pretty dark.
In the end, if you like port and plan on living for another 20+ years, I say buy, buy, buy! Every wine I tasted was a good wine, and many if not all were great wines.

Till soon, Ryan Opaz

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