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Cockburns Vintage Port Reviews




Cockburns Vintage Port





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2017

Cockburns Vintage Port

Reviews



98 Pointz James Suckling


“Insane aromas of crushed berry, flowers, and lifted ester like a fermenting lagar. Full body, tannic yet so finely grained in texture. Extremely long and beautiful. It goes on for minutes.”



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2017 Vintage Port is a blend of 52% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, and small portions of Sousão and Alicante Bouschet bottled after 18 months in seasoned vats. This has velvet for texture, fine aromatics, and a long finish, but it is always elegant, never jammy. It is still concentrated, and aeration proves how well it can evolve. It finishes with some pop and power, but it will be approachable relatively young.” 



96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

#43 Top 100 Cellar Selection


“This wine's opulent intensity comes from the powerful tannins. A jammy blackberry flavor shines through and is lifted by bright acidity. Depth and structure ensure long-term aging.” 



96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Packed with creamed blueberry, açaí berry, and boysenberry fruit and carried by waves of velvety structure and warm fruitcake notes, this is showy in style, featuring an embedded graphite spine, alluring spice details and a flash of floral nuance through the finish, imparting superior range and length.”

 


90 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“The 2017 vintage, which Charles Symington reports as particularly noteworthy for touriga franca, helped guide Cockburn’s back toward its classical elegance. This is tight and firm, with a cool feel in spite of its peppery intensity of alcohol. As the wine develops with air, there’s a moment when the wine achieves an impeccable balance—a taste of chocolate in heaven—before the tannins begin to show the green edges of youth.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom 



95 Pointz Decanter


“Mostly sourced from Quinta dos Canais, this is a blend of 52% Touriga Nacional and 30% Touriga Franca, backed by Sousão and Alicante Bouschet. This is one of few wines in 2017 showing a touch of warmth on the nose, with opulent, heady floral fruit. The palate is sweet and fleshy initially, with ripe berry fruits and solid, spicy tannins. It’s classically structured with lovely concentration and a powerful finish, very impressive.”



2016

Cockburns Vintage Port

Reviews



99 Pointz James Suckling 


“This shows fantastic graphite and dark-berry character with black-stone undertones and hints of dried roses. Full-bodied and very tight and precise. Good kick in the end. Love the polished tannins, which are totally folded into the wine. Reminds me of the 1947 Cockburn.”

 


96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is quite primal, with lush waves of plum, blackberry, and açai berry reduction rolling through, pushed by warm licorice and Black Forest cake notes. A substantial bass line thumps on the finish, showing plenty of sparkly spice and incense details hitting the top range.”



95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“The wine has structure, swathes of juicy fruit, and acidity along with fine tannins. It is certainly balanced with deliciously luscious fruit, and a rich texture that is suggesting good aging potential.” 

 

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“It comes in with 106 grams of residual sugar. Fairly intense and even tighter than Graham's, this might be somewhat approachable in a few years.”



90 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“The ripeness comes first in dark scents of figs and dates, then freshness follows it up with red raspberry flavors infusing the chocolate-rich tannins. This is a pretty vintage, clean, and lovely to drink after a few hours in a decanter. Even so, it’s tightly built, with enough lift in the middle to age with grace for ten years or more.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



96 Pointz Decanter


“A Douro Superior blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca supported by Sousão and Alicante Bouschet. Relatively closed and restrained on the nose but with an underlying ripeness with intense dark cassis backed by powerful yet fine-grained tannins, big and broad on the finish. This is a wine for the long haul and excellent value – Cockburn is truly back on form.”



2015

Cockburns Vintage Port

Reviews



94 Pointz James Suckling


“Fantastic aromas of crushed berries and flowers. Some mineral undertones. Violets. Very fine and polished with ultra-fine tannins. Medium sweet. Fresh and extremely clean. Very crisp and clean for such hot year. This celebrates the 200th anniversary of Cockburn.”



92 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Distinctive, with mint and blueberry notes leading the way before plum, pastis, and blackberry cobbler flavors fill in behind them. Rounded and open in feel, with modest grip, putting this on course to come around a little sooner than the rest of the pack. Shows a light woodsy echo on the finish.” 



91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Focused and tight—probably the tightest of the Symington 2015s—it is hard-edged and precise, but it does seem to have streaks of alcohol and baked, slightly roasted fruit.”



90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 


“This wine has acidity and juicy black-currant fruits. It is relatively light in structure, giving a delicious wine with attractive fruits.” 



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



96 Pointz Decanter


“Blend dominated by Touriga Franca (41%) and Touriga Nacional (37%). Mainly picked eight days after the mid-September rain; initially deep, ripe, and dense on the nose, opening up to reveal a scented berry fruit bouquet. Lovely plum and berry fruit on the palate supported by fine-grained, gravelly tannins and a long, structured finish. Combines depth and finesse in equal measure.”




2011


Cockburns Vintage Port

Reviews



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“A complete wine, ripely fruity, firmly tannic, and dense. It has weight and the right balance of fruit and structure. It’s an impressive wine, powerful and concentrated while showing great fruitiness. The finish reveals its freshness.”



97 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Amazingly fresh and juicy, with concentrated raspberry and dark cherry flavours that are well sculpted and pure. Very minerally mid-palate, this offers a fruity finish that features luscious chocolate notes. A sleek and vibrant style.”



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“It has a lifted bouquet with raisin, fresh dates, and some lovely tobacco and sandalwood aromas that lend the aromatic profile complexity, although it feels rather compact at the moment. The palate is very well-balanced with a spicy, black pepper-tinged opening and very good structure. There is wonderful focus here, with a refined, clove-tinged finish and a long, spicy aftertaste.”



95 Pointz Wine & Spirits 


“While it would be hard to immediately relate this 2011 to the style of Cockburn’s from 1955, its graceful beauty and refinement is much closer to the intent of that wine than most any of the releases since 1977. The bright ping of exotic fruit finds a near perfect integration with the tannins, as if to bring the schist soil directly into the fruit flavor. Focused and substantive, this is destined to be a classic.”



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