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An early look at some 1997 vintage ports
13 Oct 2002 by JR
To judge from these wines tasted in May 2002, the Taylor and Fonseca team rather outshone the Symington ports in 1997, a more obviously structured vintage than the enormously fleshy 1994s that found such favour when they were released. Dow 1997 17.5 Drink 2010 - 2025 Very deep crimson. Extraordinarily feral/floral and liquorice. Relatively light and definitely adolescent. Tannins, but not great weight in the middle. Warre 1997 18 Drink 2012 - 2028 Tealeaf. More savoury than the Dow's, then raisins and mass and lots of tannins. Quite elegant and lively. Dry finish. Graham 1997 18.5 Drink 2015 - 2030 Deep,...

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