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Great Vintage Port Tasting

Vintage 1987

On November 17, 2022, we arranged a Great Tasting with Vintage Ports from 1987 in Malmö. We were 15 attending participants in the tasting, which we set up in two flights with twelve wines in each flight. We had done a qualified guess on which wines should be the best, and put them in the last flight. Within each flight we randomly mixed the order to make the tasting semi-blind.

We have ranked the 1987 Vintage as Very Good. We know of 54 different brands from 1987 which is quite many for a vintage that was not generally declared. Many people are under the opinion that 1987 should have been declared, and there are for sure some excellent wines from the Vintage.

The highest score from the group was given to Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas. Niepoort and Cockburn's Quinta do Tua was not so far behind and also Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha, Burmester and Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita were actually also almost on the same level. Overall, the quality was high and we really enjoyed tasting these 35 years old port wines.

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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HouseBurmesterVintage1987
ColourYellow mature in colour
BouquetQuite complex bouquet of cacao, coffee, herbs, mint, liquorice, some spiciness and old grocery shop in the nose
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Coffee, cacao, herbs and some liquorice in taste. Easy to drink and like. Balance and quite complex port with a long and quite complex finish.
SAI point16.50JB point16.90SS point16.50Group point16.33
SAI rank6JB rank3SS rank7Group rank5
Comment
HouseFeistVintage1987
ColourMature yellow in colour.
BouquetElegant crème caramel, cream candy, cacao, toffee spiciness in the nose.
TasteRather big body. Mature and at its peak. Toffee, crème caramel, cacao and much more, in flavour. Very tasty and complex port. Elegant with a long, very attractive. finish.
SAI point16.00JB point15.40SS point16.75Group point15.27
SAI rank11JB rank12SS rank4Group rank15
Comment
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1987
ColourStill dark but with a yellow mature edge in colour.
BouquetWonderful nose of cream candy, coffee, tea, cacao, fudge, toffee, some crème caramel and liquorice.
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Still tannins and fruit. Violet, cacao, fudge, sweet liquorice and toffee in flavour. Excellent and a quite long finish. Extraordinary and lovely port, which is already now wonderful to enjoy.
SAI point16.50JB point15.90SS point16.50Group point16.17
SAI rank6JB rank4SS rank7Group rank7
Comment
HouseGraham’s MalvedosVintage1987
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colour.
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, some crème caramel and herbs with ginger bread in the nose.
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and peaking. Ginger bread, cacao, dark chocolate and much more in flavour. Easy to drink and to like. Balanced and elegant with a quite long and attractive finish. Still a lovely port!
SAI point16.75JB point15.25SS point16.75Group point16.03
SAI rank4JB rank14SS rank4Group rank9
Comment
HouseHutchesonVintage1987
ColourYellow mature colour.
BouquetComplex nose of crème, toffee, fudge, crème caramel, cacao and coffee in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and almost peaking. Very easy to drink and enjoy. Balance with lots of tastes in the mouth. Quite elegant and complex port with a lovely and quite long finish. A delicate port to drink today.
SAI point16.00JB point15.90SS point15.90Group point15.23
SAI rank11JB rank4SS rank14Group rank17
Comment
HouseMaia
Hutcheson-Feuerheerd
Vintage1987
ColourYellow mature in colour.
BouquetRaisin, som cacao and some chocolate an also some coffee beans in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Will not be better so drink up if you have any left. Still balanced and quite complex. Cacao, chocolate and some other things in taste with an attractive finish. This port is easy to drink and love!
SAI point15.75JB point14.90SS point16.00Group point15.27
SAI rank19JB rank19SS rank13Group rank15
Comment
HouseMartinezVintage1987
ColourDark but yellow mature in colour.
BouquetMint, candy, lots of herbs, cacao, dark chocolate, toffee and old grocery shop in the nose..
TasteMedium body. Mature and almost peaking. Sweet but balanced. Lots of different wonderful things to taste in your mouth with a very complex and elegant and an astonishing long finish. What a lovely and surprising port!
SAI point16.75JB point15.90SS point15.75Group point15.93
SAI rank4JB rank4SS rank16Group rank10
Comment
HouseMorgado
Forrester
Vintage1987
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature quite beautiful in colour.
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, crème caramel and some Christmas spiciness in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and on top. Balanced and elegant. Easy to drink and like Very tasty with cacao, chocolate, coffee, crème caramel and some spiciness and with an elegant and very attractive finish.
SAI point15.90JB point15.00SS point14.75Group point15.10
SAI rank15JB rank18SS rank23Group rank19
Comment
HouseNiepoortVintage1987
ColourMature yellow and quite beautiful in colour.
BouquetToffee, cacao, dark chocolate, some coffee and crème caramel in the nose. Elegant and complex bouquet.
TasteQuite full-bodied but mature and peaking. Mint, crème caramel, cacao and lots of other things in flavour. Complex, balanced and sweet with a lovely and very long finish. Lovely port. It is peaking so drink and enjoy it. Will still keep a long time!
SAI point17.00JB point15.25SS point16.90Group point16.57
SAI rank1JB rank14SS rank2Group rank2
Comment
HouseOffley Boa VistaVintage1987
ColourStill very dark ruby but with mature yellow edge in colour.
BouquetGenerous and attractive bouquet of herbs, spring flowers, liquorice and cacao but also mint and coriander in the nose.
TasteLovely body. Quite mature and probably peaking Lovely flavour of liquorice, herbs and much more. Quite sweet but balanced and complex with a long and attractive finish. Very elegant indeed.
SAI point16.00JB point15.90SS point16.40Group point15.87
SAI rank11JB rank4SS rank10Group rank12
Comment
HouseQuinta do Bomfim
Dow
Vintage1987
ColourStill quite dark ruby in colour with a yellow rim.
BouquetDark berries, liquorice, chocolate, cacao, toffe and cream candy in the nose.
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Almost peaking but still with soft tannins. Very fruity with liquorice, toffee, cacao and dark chocolate in taste. Balanced with a quite complex rather dry but very elegant and long finish. Lovely port!
SAI point16.50JB point15.50SS point16.75Group point16.13
SAI rank6JB rank10SS rank4Group rank8
Comment
HouseQuinta da Cavadinha
Warre
Vintage1987
ColourStill quite dark ruby in colour with a yellow edge.
BouquetToffee. caandy and cinnamon, also with coffee and cacao and som herbs in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied and sweet. Lovely flavour of sweet dark berries and much more in the mouth. Still some soft tannin and will maybe be better. . Balanced and complex with an attractive very elegant and long finish. What a Port!
SAI point16.90JB point15.40SS point16.90Group point16.47
SAI rank2JB rank12SS rank2Group rank4
Comment
HouseQuinta do NovalVintage1987
ColourDark but rather yellow mature in colour.
BouquetToffee, cream candy, Butterscotch, old grocery shop with coffee and cacao in the nose
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and probably peaking. +Toffee, cream candy and ols grocery shop in taste, Balanced with a complex and attractive finish.
SAI point15.75JB point15.25SS point15.75Group point15.93
SAI rank19JB rank14SS rank16Group rank10
Comment
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1987
ColourRather yellow mature in colour
BouquetToffee, milk chocolate, cream cady, herbs and tropical fruits in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and almost peaking but with some round and attractive tannins and will improve. Balanced, quite tasty and elegant with a quite complex, very elegant and a quite long and lovely finish
SAI point16.40JB point15.25SS point16.50Group point15.57
SAI rank9JB rank14SS rank7Group rank13
Comment
HouseQuinta da Roeda
Croft
Vintage1987
ColourYellow mature very beautiful in colour.
BouquetBitter chocolate, cream candy, fudge some cacao and a hint of old grocery shop in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Sweet. Balanced and very elegant. Dark and bitter chocolate, some cacao, cream candy in taste and with a very attractive and rich finish. Very easy to drink and enjoy today so just drink it!
SAI point15.40JB point14.00SS point14.90Group point15.07
SAI rank24JB rank24SS rank22Group rank20
Comment
HouseQuinta da RomaneiraVintage1987
ColourBeautiful mature yellow in colour.
BouquetToffee, fudge, some herbs and burned sugar.
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Complex and balanced and easy to drink and like. And with a quite attractive finish.
SAI point15.75JB point14.40SS point16.25Group point15.03
SAI rank19JB rank21SS rank12Group rank21
Comment
HouseQuinta Sao Luiz
Kopke
Vintage1987
ColourQuite dark but yellow mature in colour.
BouquetToffee. cream candy, fudge, candy and crème caramel in the nose
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced, very elegant and quite tasty with a lovely and attractive finish. Very easy to drink and enjoy.
SAI point15.75JB point15.50SS point15.75Group point15.00
SAI rank19JB rank10SS rank16Group rank22
Comment
HouseQuinta de Terra Feita
Taylor
Vintage1987
ColourYellow mature in colour.
BouquetHerbs, spiciness, cacao, coffee and old grocery shop in the nose
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking with herbs, spiciness and cacao in flavour. A balance port with a lovely and quite long finish.
SAI point15.90JB point17.00SS point15.75Group point16.33
SAI rank15JB rank2SS rank16Group rank5
Comment
HouseQuinta do Tua
Cockburn
Vintage1987
ColourYellow mature in colour
BouquetRaisin, cinnamon, ginger, mint, butterscotch and old grocery shop in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and peaking Cinnamon, candy, ginger and much more in taste. Balanced and attractive port with a quite long and complex finish.
SAI point15.90JB point15.90SS point14.90Group point16.50
SAI rank15JB rank4SS rank22Group rank3
Comment
HouseQuinta de Vargellas
Taylor
Vintage1987
ColourStill dark but yellow mature in colour.
BouquetLovely crème caramel, cream candy, violet, toffee, coffee and tea in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Mature anad probably peaked but with some round and lovely tannins Balanced and tasty with a. complex and long, generous finish. What a port!
SAI point16.90JB point17.25SS point17.00Group point16.67
SAI rank2JB rank1SS rank1Group rank1
Comment
HouseReal VelhaVintage1987
ColourStill dark but yellow mature in colour.
BouquetChristmas cakes, crème caramel, cream candy, herbs, old grocery shop, minty and lots of cacao.
TasteMature and at its peak. Elegant and complex. Balanced and lots of different things in flavour. Wonderful and rather elegant finish. A very attractive and lovely port indeed.
SAI point15.90JB point15.75SS point16.40Group point15.50
SAI rank15JB rank9SS rank10Group rank14
Comment
HouseReal Vinicola
Real Companhia Velha
Vintage1987
ColourYellow mature in colour.
BouquetLovely old grocery shop in the nose but also cream candy, herbs and toffee
TasteMedium body. Mature and on top. Sweet and easy to like. Balanced and tasty with a very elegant, long abd attractive finish. A lovely port indeed!
SAI point15.50JB point14.50SS point14.25Group point14.90
SAI rank23JB rank20SS rank24Group rank23
Comment
HouseRoyal Oporto
Real Companhia Velha
Vintage1987
ColourMature and very yellow but quite dark in colour.
BouquetOld grocery shop, cinnamon, vanilla, candy, cacao and fudge in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking but still with some soft tannin. Sweet. Fudge, vanilla, candy and old grocery shop in taste. Easy to drink and like. Elegant and balanced. Quite complex with a very nice and attractive finish.
SAI point16.00JB point14.25SS point15.75Group point13.83
SAI rank11JB rank22SS rank16Group rank24
Comment
HouseTuke Holdsworth
Hunt, Roope & Co
Vintage1987
ColourMature yellow and very beautiful in colour.
BouquetLovely bouquet of cacao, dark chocolate, candy, some liquorice, crème caramel and much more in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and very elegant with cacao, dark chocolate, liquorice and much more in flavour. The finish is seductive, quite sweet, long and quite lovely. Easy to drink and enjoy this port! Just try it!
SAI point16.25JB point15.25SS point16.50Group point15.23
SAI rank10JB rank14SS rank7Group rank17
Comment

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