1994 Ferreira Vintage Port SKU #240041


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  • By: John Trombley 4/28/2014

    <br> Tasting Date: April 20, 2014<br>Purchased for $27/750 ml at a discount release sale on release(circa 1996) somewhere in California, 12 bottles bought; 20.5 pabv. Some was also purchased from Gibbs for $42.99 somewhat later. Estimated cost is that of WineSearchear's lowest ($50). Broadbent Selections; San Francisco, California. Fruit reduction due to rain in springtime; afterward a dry and mild growing season. All this results in a somewhat low yield. I believe that this wine contains a goodly amount of Quintal do Siexo, which has long been a favorite of mine. (cf 1983).<br><br>This wine had a lot of difficulty attracting much favorable critical attention, and so it was nearly given away at first. Though I bit I never was impressed by it due to its somewhat rough and acetic character, and a somewhat lightweight disposition, until perhaps about 2004, at which time it really started to strut its stuff.<br><br>Currently this cork-finished wine has very clean corkage and is easily opened with my Durand. Now I double-decanted it and offered it to Trinity Church, Troy, for its Easter sacramental 'communion' wine.<br><br>Fairly dark color with 2 or 3 mm of dusky, somewhat bricked edge. Thick coating of the glass with reluctant legs.<br><br>Homemade vanilla cream pudding, with some dusty, smoky nose suggestive of strawberries and tar. Shows plenty of depth and holds its shape for at least 5 days after opening.<br><br>It's got a sweet, candied cherry-strawberry entry and good, ripe tannin, and a rich, somewhat lithe, medium finish; a touch hot at present but will go well with cheese, nuts, or fruit.<br><br>This was one of the best dollars spent in vintage port over the last 34 years, but, like many another mis-judgment of mine, was mostly thrown away. However, in addtion to the Mimosas funded by Rev. Smoke after the 10:30 service made with good Sekt and the best bottled orange juice I could find, it went over very well with the guys at the coffee service.

    Drink from 2004 to 2020

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