The Symington 2011 Ports

So, the headline news on the 2011 vintage Ports from the Symingtons. [I’ll be writing these up in more detail, hopefully this evening.]

It’s a very good vintage indeed. Potentially a great one. The samples we tried yesterday were the final blend, but not final bottled samples, and some of them showed much more open fruit, with slightly oxidative development, which I’m assuming comes from the sample preparation a few days ago. So I have given a range of scores.

Graham’s 2011 – very sweet, open, pretty and floral with amazing presence. 93–96/100

Graham’s Stone Terraces 2011 – first vintage of this new super-cuvee, and it’s amazing – structured, powerful, yet still immensely pretty. 96–98/100

Warre’s 2011 – sweet, warm and yet fresh with amazing purity, concentration and depth. 94–96/100

Cockburn’s 2011 – noticeably lighter than the others with sweet blackcurrant and cherry fruit. Very pure and supple. 91–93/100

Dow’s 2011 – pure, liqueur-like and bold with an enticing floral nose. 93–95/100

Vesuvio 2011 – very ripe, smooth, sweet and open with seductive texture. 93–96/100

Capela de Vesuvio 2011 – incredible aromatics of mint, liquorice and even a hint of pine. Tremendous depth, structure and complexity. 95–98/100

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