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Vintage 1966

This vintage was of exceptional quality. Very sweet wines and rich in tannins, some of them sublime, with large aging capacity. Almost all shippers declare. According to Broadbent 20 shippers declared and according to Port Wine Institute 19. Broadbent gave this vintage ***** out of 5*, Suckling 93 points out of 100.

The Wine Society 18% had a Great Tasting 21 September 2006 of the vintage 1966 of 22 Houses. We were 15 participants. The tasting was semi-blind i.e. we know which houses participate but not what we had in the glass.

Tasting notes. Note that the points are for the actual bottle tasted. Read about how we set point on the page "How to understand our points valuations"

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HouseBarrosVintage1966
ColourYellow mature colour.
BouquetPharmacy and lovely plum and chocolate in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Plum in flavour. A very complex port with an attractive finish.
SAI point15.75JB point17.00SS point15.50Group point16.00
SAI rank14JB rank5SS rank13Group rank17
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseBurmesterVintage1966
ColourYellow mature colour. Rather dark.
BouquetComplex nose of toffee and burned sugar.
TasteMedium body. Mature. Toffee in flavour but a bit alcoholic and unbalanced with a nice finish
SAI point15.00JB point15.50SS point14.50Group point15.87
SAI rank19JB rank17SS rank22Group rank18
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseCroftVintage1966
ColourDark with yellow mature colour.
BouquetMint, violet, toffee and much more in the nose. Wonderful and complex bouquet
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Elegant and balanced. A perfect port today with a marvellous finish. Port can not be much better. Thanks’ heaven!
SAI point19.00JB point17.00SS point19.00Group point17.67
SAI rank1JB rank5SS rank1Group rank1
CommentJB had a split ranking
HouseDowVintage1966
ColourYellow mature colour.
BouquetBurned and not so clean in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and quite good despite the nose. Balanced. Burned sugar in flavour and in finish. Not as attractive as expected.
SAI point14.00JB point15.50SS point15.50Group point15.23
SAI rank22JB rank17SS rank13Group rank21
CommentNot up to Dow’s ordinary standard. JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseFeistVintage1966
ColourTawny in colour.
BouquetMature complex nose mostly crème caramel and ginger
TasteMedium body. Fully mature. A bit alcoholic and an old, not quite balanced finish.
SAI point15.00JB point16.00SS point15.00Group point14.83
SAI rank19JB rank14SS rank20Group rank22
CommentThe bouquet was the best in this port SAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseFerreiraVintage1966
ColourYellow mature in colour.
BouquetChocolate and plum aromas with some ether. Maybe a bit old nose.
TasteMedium body. Very mature. A bit alcoholic but quite ok in balanced and a good finish.
SAI point15.50JB point16.00SS point15.50Group point15.60
SAI rank16JB rank14SS rank13Group rank20
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseFonsecaVintage1966
ColourDark with yellow mature colour.
BouquetViolet, crème caramel, toffee and much more in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Mature but with still soft tannins. Will develop more but is delicious now. Elegant and complex with violets in flavour. Long, attractive and never ending finish. Wonderful port
SAI point18.25JB point17.50SS point18.50Group point17.43
SAI rank3JB rank2SS rank2Group rank3
CommentJB and SS had a split ranking
HouseGould CampbellVintage1966
ColourStill dark in colour with a yellow mature rim
BouquetComplex bouquet of burned sugar, crème caramel and old grocery shop
TasteFull bodied. Mature and peaking but will develop more with some soft tannin. Complex, balanced and lovely finish. Quite extraordinary
SAI point15.75JB point17.00SS point15.50Group point16.23
SAI rank14JB rank5SS rank13Group rank12
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseGrahamVintage1966
ColourMature yellow in colour
BouquetCrème caramel, toffee, old grocery shop and much more in the nose. Wonderful bouquet
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak but still soft tannin and will be better. Lovely flavour. Elegant and balanced port with a complex and never ending finish. What a Port!
SAI point18.00JB point15.50SS point18.00Group point16.17
SAI rank4JB rank17SS rank4Group rank13
CommentJB and SS had a split ranking Group ranking was also spilt
HouseKopkeVintage1966
ColourMature yellow in colour
BouquetOld pharmacy and ether in the nose
TasteMedium body. A bit alcoholic and pharmacy in flavour. Some complexity. Easy to drink and balanced port. Mature and a bit more. Nice finish
SAI point15.25JB point15.50SS point16.00Group point15.73
SAI rank17JB rank17SS rank9Group rank19
CommentJB and SS had a split ranking
HouseNiepoortVintage1966
ColourMature yellow colour.
BouquetCoffee, tea and old grocery shop in bouquet
TasteFull- bodied. Mature and at its peak. Complex and elegant Dry with a balanced and fantastic finish. A really great port.
SAI point17.90JB point18.00SS point16.00Group point17.57
SAI rank5JB rank1SS rank9Group rank2
CommentSAI and SS had a split ranking
HouseOffley Boa VistaVintage1966
ColourBeautiful mature yellow colour.
BouquetCrème caramel and old grocery shop in the nose.
TasteFull bodied. Sweet. Mature and at its peak. Balanced and complex long finish. Quite elegant.
SAI point16.40JB point16.00SS point16.50Group point16.07
SAI rank11JB rank14SS rank7Group rank16
CommentJB and SS had a split ranking
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1966
ColourMature yellow colour.
BouquetCrème caramel and complex burned sugar.
TasteMedium body. Mature. Complex and balanced with a good finish. Quite good and at its peak.
SAI point16.40JB point16.50SS point16.50Group point16.40
SAI rank11JB rank9SS rank7Group rank10
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseQuinta do Bomfim, DowVintage1966
ColourYellow beautiful mature colour.
BouquetComplex pharmacy, hospital and old grocery shop.
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Elegant with complexity and a very long and wonderful dry finish.
SAI point17.40JB point16.50SS point17.50Group point17.33
SAI rank7JB rank9SS rank6Group rank4
CommentJB had a split ranking
HouseQuinta do NovalVintage1966
ColourQuite dark blue with a yellow rim.
BouquetMint and menthol in the nose but also coffee, tea and cacao. Very elegant and complex.
TasteFull-bodied. Sweet. Complex and balanced with a very generous and attractive finish. Just wonderful.
SAI point17.90JB point16.50SS point18.50Group point16.47
SAI rank5JB rank9SS rank2Group rank9
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1966
ColourQuite dark blue with a yellow rim.
BouquetGinger bread and cinnamon in the nose. Quite complex.
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but long way left. Complex and balanced. Lovely long finish. Very elegant indeed.
SAI point17.00JB point17.50SS point15.50Group point17.10
SAI rank8JB rank2SS rank13Group rank5
CommentJB and SS had a split ranking
HouseRamos PintoVintage1966
ColourQuite dark but with a yellow colour.
BouquetBurned sugar and cinnamon in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature at its peak and maybe a little more. Alcoholic in flavour. Quite nice finish but we hoped it would be much better.
SAI point15.00JB point16.50SS point15.00Group point16.17
SAI rank19JB rank9SS rank20Group rank13
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking Group ranking was also spilt
HouseRebello Valente, RobertsonVintage1966
ColourYellow mature colour.
BouquetAttractive ether, pharmacy and old hospital in the nose
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Develops in the glass. Attractive port with a complex, balanced and wonderful and long finish
SAI point15.90JB point15.50SS point15.50Group point16.10
SAI rank13JB rank17SS rank13Group rank15
CommentJB and SS had a split ranking
HouseSandemanVintage1966
ColourYellow mature in colour
BouquetElegant bouquet of toffee, figs and Christmas raisin
TasteFull-bodied. Mature but still with soft tannin and will be better. Elegant and complex port with flavour of figs and toffee. Wonderful and long finish. Very attractive
SAI point16.75JB point16.50SS point16.00Group point16.37
SAI rank9JB rank9SS rank9Group rank11
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1966
ColourDark but with a yellow mature colour
BouquetCacao and burned sugar in the nose
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and on top. Not as complex as expected. Burned sugar in flavour and a nice quite long finish.
SAI point15.25JB point17.50SS point15.50Group point16.80
SAI rank17JB rank2SS rank13Group rank7
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseTaylorVintage1966
ColourDark with yellow mature colour.
BouquetCoffee, cacao, chocolate and crème caramel in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and nearly peaking but with still soft tannin and will develop more. Complex and attractive port with a long and nearly never ending finish. We just love this port.
SAI point18.50JB point15.50SS point18.00Group point16.90
SAI rank2JB rank17SS rank4Group rank6
CommentJB and SS had a split ranking
HouseWarreVintage1966
ColourMature yellow colour.
BouquetLovely violet, cacao, coffee, tea and ginger in the nose
TasteMedium body. Sweet and elegant port. Complex. Lovely and long finish.
SAI point16.75JB point17.00SS point16.00Group point16.63
SAI rank9JB rank5SS rank9Group rank8
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking

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