The third Port in a trio I recently purchased this one is a Special Reserve. It’s way more opaque than the Ruby I tasted previously. The nose has nuts, lots of them, plus rich blueberry compote, blackberry jam, prunes, stewed cherry and raspberry. A virtual melange of red, black and blue fruit. The nuts are fascinating- walnuts, pecan and filberts. The palate is mouth-coating with delicious, rich fruit and lithe tannins. Medium (-) acidity allows this wine’s fruit to shine whilst the tannins sneak out to the finish. Stewed blackberry, blueberry and cherry are the primary fruit flavors. Walnut and pecan with a faint trace of smoke round it out. The tannins are very fine-grained and stick around for a while. This is delicious stuff, no doubt. I got it for $16, and it gets 91 points from me upending the Fine Ruby as my new go-to Port to stock up on. 5 stars for sure. Salut…..
Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port NV, Portugal
11 Friday Feb 2022