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Quarles Harris

Quarles Harris & Ca.

Founded 1680
Owner Symington family
Vineyards None

Quarles Harris was established by Thomas Dawson in 1680 and is one of the oldest Port Houses. He founded the house and it was named Dawson & Harris when Quarles Harris married Dorothea Dawson in 1752. The house was renamed 1791 to Harris Stafford & Sons and 1792 Quarles Harris & Co. Quarles Harris gained a great reputation and by the late 18th century had become the second largest shipper of Port Wine. In 1917 Quarles Harris was bought by Andrew James Symington, who had been involved in the Port trade since 1882 and was related by marriage. He developed the business steadily over the following years. Today the house is entirely run and managed by eight members of the Symington family.

Quarles Harris Vintages:1840, 1917, 1925, 1926 (bottled 1930), 1927, 1934, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1950
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetComplex menthol and pharmacy in the nose.Score range18.00 - 18.00
TasteVery mature and at its peak. Elegant and balanced port with a never ending finish. Marvellous.Average score
Last tasted18th January 2001Point this date18.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1960
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMinty, ginger, raisin, some zest of oranges and Christmas spiciness in the nose.Score range17.50 - 17.50
TasteHardy medium body. Mature and peaking. Butterscotch and ginger in taste. Quite elegant and balanced port. Easy to drink and to enjoy with a lovely and very attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted26th December 2016Point this date17.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1963
ColourStill quite dark with yellow mature colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetCoffee, tea, crème caramel, and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and peaking but maybe a little old. Balanced and complex with a long, long finish. Still a lovely port.Average score17.25
Last tasted21st November 2013Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdals Private Collection.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1966
ColourMature yellow colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel and complex burned sugar.Score range
TasteMedium body. Mature. Complex and balanced with a good finish. Quite good and at its peak.Average score
Last tasted21st September 2006Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1970
ColourStill quite dark blue with a yellow rim.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely coffee, tea, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range
TasteRather full-bodied. Mature. Complex and balanced. At its peak but will keep for long. Wonderful finish.Average score
Last tasted13th November 2008Point this date17.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1975
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings13
BouquetFudge, burned sugar, some candy and old grocery in the nose.Score range15.40 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Light and elegant. Cherry in taste. Easy to drink and like. Quite attractive finish.Average score15.52
Last tasted8th November 2014Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with some friends.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1977
ColourBeautiful, mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings26
BouquetDelicious and generous mature nose of cacao, dark chocolate, toffee, butter scotch, ginger, cream candy, sweet-meats and dried figs.Score range15.50 - 17.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and peaking. Will not be better but is delicious and very attractive now. Wonderful taste of toffee, cacao, dried fruit, sweet meats and fudge. Elegant with a long balanced and attractive finish. Just drink it now and enjoy. This is a wonderful port now!Average score16.53
Last tasted3rd March 2018Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.
1 bottle has been defect

In 2010 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1980
ColourStill dark blue with a yellow edge.Number of tastings5
BouquetDark cherry, mulberry, some cacao and chocolate and black berry in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.75
TasteQuite full- bodied. Quite mature but still with soft tannin but will improve. Cacao and mulberry in taste. Easy to drink and like. Balanced and elegant port with a quite long finish.Average score16.15
Last tasted25th August 2015Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1983
ColourStill dark in colour but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetCoffee, tea, violet, cacao, dark chocolate, toffee and old grocery shop in the nose. Quite generous and attractive.Score range15.50 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature and peaking now! Balanced and very complex port with w wonderful taste of violet, cacao, dark chocolate, toffee, and much more. The finish is long, attractive and never seems to end. The best Quales Harris we have enjoyed for many years!Average score16.11
Last tasted18th March 2017Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2017 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1985
ColourQuite dark blue with yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetLovely nose of coffee, viol and cacaoScore range15.90 - 16.90
TasteFull bodied. Still some integrated tannins. Complex and balanced with an enormous finish. Just wonderful.Average score16.40
Last tasted31st July 2006Point this date16.90
CommentWith the family at a trip to Gotland in Sweden.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1991
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy and black berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature and some tannin. Promising finish. Quite young but I believe a nice future.
Last tasted20th May 1993Rating this dateVery good
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1994
ColourQuite dark blue with a yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCrème caramel, coffee, fudge, ginger bread and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied, Still some tannin but quite mature. Impressive. Ginger bread and fudge in taste. Sweet. Balanced and promising with a wonderful and very long finish. Will be betterAverage score16.33
Last tasted16th January 2014Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1997
ColourDark nearly black in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetDark cherry and fruit but rather closed in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Still immature and tannic but easy to swallow and probably a relative fast runner. Promising and acceptable finish.Average score15.38
Last tasted23rd January 2012Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage2000
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow edge.Number of tastings4
BouquetDark berry, mulberry dark cherry black berry and mint in the nose.Score range15.25 - 16.00
TasteFull-bodied. Still quite tannic and will be much better. Dark berry, mulberry and much more in taste. Balanced and complex with an impressive and promising finish. Will be interesting to follow indeed.Average score15.63
Last tasted17th March 2016Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetVery fruity and berry in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteFull-bodied. Lots of tannin and immature. Berry in flavour. Balanced and showing complexity. Very promising finish. Just wait.Average score15.25
Last tasted23rd January 2012Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseHarris Port
Quales Harris
Colheita1940
ColourTawny in colourNumber of tastings3
BouquetGrocery shop, crème caramel and burned candy in the noseBottled1990
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced with complexity. Some sweetness but dry finish. Quite nice.Score range15.50 - 16.25
Last tasted18th April 1992Point this date16.25
CommentIn a Wine friend’s home
TastersSAI

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