1994 Ferreira Vintage Port

SKU #240041 Jancis Robinson

 Deep, healthy crimson with good evolution at the rim. This smells just like fruit gums. Very good intensity of both colour and fruit. Real roundness on the front palate initially obscures the excellent round, ripe tannins. This is classy! Lots there, all interesting. Lift and a vigorous dry finish. 18/20 points. Drink 2008-2022.  (10/2004)

Wine Spectator

 Inky, with intense, ripe fruit flavors, verging on raisin with a hint of citrus. Medium- to full-bodied and lightly sweet, with medium-tough, velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Not quite as impressive as when tasted from barrel, but a well-toned vintage Port nonetheless. Best after 2006.  (4/1997)

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By: John Trombley | Review Date: 4/28/2014
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Tasting Date: April 20, 2014
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).

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.

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.

Fairly dark color with 2 or 3 mm of dusky, somewhat bricked edge. Thick coating of the glass with reluctant legs.

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.

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.

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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