Red center, red rim with signs of age, quite pale. A little spicy, raspberries, sweet, a little greenness, a touch musty, some licorice. Sweet and smooth, plums and crushed cranberries, licorice and tarragon, some dough, smoke, some stalky greenness. Still a tricky port, not a favorite, probably drinking at its best now.
Straight out of decanter after pouring: Red center, pale red rim with clear signs of age. Sweet cherries, some citrus, a little roasted apple, Smooth, signs of age, citrus and raspberries, a little wood, supporting acidity, alcohol, good length. An improvement from last tasting several years ago, lost the overpowering licorice taste, clearly aging and drinking well now, no need to wait.
2nd day: A little less convincing. Really quite pale. Nose is muted with faint lighter red fruits and some brandy. Good in the mouth at first with cherry jam and good sweetness, followed by some astringency and a slightly hot but also musty finish. Has that strong licorice at the very end. Still pleasant but downgraded to 85.
This port seems past its prime. On the nose--raisin and caramel. The only tasting note I could discern was raisin. There was a distinct lack of complexity with this port which strongly suggests that Cockburn's should not have broken rank with the other port houses and produced a 1991 vintage port.
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(Cockburn's Vintage Port) Only a moderately intense colour. Toasty fruits and molasses on the nose, with vegetal undertones. The palate is fairly light, softly textured, with flavours reminiscent of sugar-encrusted chocolate liqueurs and macerated fruit, but with interesting vegetal, beetroot and spice complexities that provide some interest on the midpalate. Firm alcohol and moderate tannins give good structure. Although there is a good finish, the overall impression is of a light vintage style that is already drinking now.
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