"Consistently hot and dry, with no surprises and an optimal level of rain during the different seasons of the year. The vines grew with a low but steady level of water, allowing them to classically develop. A fine picking season in September lead to a harvest with above average quantity and excellent quality, mainly due to the consistency of the weather." He added, "It was a good year especially for Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, allowing a strong maturation of these leading Douro varieties."
-- Miguel Côrte-Real, Cockburn's Viticultural & Commercial Director
"Our blenders have been tasting, categorizing and identifying the wines that might go into the final vintage blend for the best part of two years now. Only after the most rigorous selection was the final decision taken; it's been a long, focused, process. This wine is intensely purple in color, with aromas of blackberries and mature plums; full and firm on palate, with a long fruity finish resonating with chocolate overtones. Try with a Stilton Blue and hazelnuts"
-- Jim Reader, Cockburn's Head of Wine Making and General Manager
"Fantastic aromas of blackberries and tar. Lightly stemmy, which is the sign of a great young Vintage Port. Full-bodied, with wonderfully integrated tannins and a lasting finish. Lots of plums and raspberries. The new 1927? Best after 2012. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 3,000 cases made."
"The fresh herb-laced aromatics of the dark-colored 2003 Cockburn Vintage Port reveal loads of spirit-infused black fruits. Armed with a gorgeously rich and fruit-packed mid-palate, this chocolate, black cherry, as well as sweet plum drenched wine appears to slightly drop-off before roaring back to display a long finish. After 4 days of air, this wine exhibited disturbing levels of volatile acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. Incidentally, two other vintage ports from the Cockburn house were tasted, the Martinez (two bottles revealed excessive volatile acidity) and the Quinta dos Canais which was outstandingly engaging yet, with air, displayed disturbing volatile traits."
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. High-toned aromas of kirsch, licorice and walnut. Then suave, dense and pure, with slightly high-toned flavors of black fruits and licorice. The finish displays sweet tannins and excellent length, with subtle lingering notes of black cherry, licorice and nuts. "
International Wine Cellar