At 20% alcohol, costing just $45 back then, the 1994 Cockburn’s Vintage Porto scored 19 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale.

Blackberry and black cherry filled the nose. Its full body and long, long aftertaste made this great vintage show that it’s just starting to  peak.  At 25 years old, it will develop for another 25 years until it’s fully peaked.


Yes, it’s a cold weather wine, but Vintage Porto can make a warm weather dinner end in perfection. Walnuts and blue cheese in the air-conditioned dining room helped show off the top quality of this special Port.

2011 and 2016 Portos will take longer than my life-time to peak. This wine comes from Vilarica valley better vineyards. Few wines beat Vintage Porto.  It continued to open with deeper fruits and complexity for two hours after it was decanted and served. In Vino Veritas.