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Decanting Advice, 1998 Vintage Ports

September 19, 2012
Question by: Mr. Smith, Washington, GB

Q:

Please can you advise when should i start to decant the following port for drinking:  Fonseca Guimaraens 1998 Port and Warres Quinta da Cavadinha 1998 Port.

A:

Hi, As a relatively young Vintage at 14 years of age, we recommend decanting your 1998 Vintages 2 to 3 hours ahead of serving - for most of us, decanting before lunch or dinner is served is a good guideline.  For fuller information, we would suggest you look at our articles about Decanting and Serving Vintage Port. 

If you enjoy Vintage Port often, it might be interesting to keep some notes about when you decanted, and how the wine showed at various time intervals after decanting - it is always fascinating to observe how the wine opens after opening and in your glass, and you will soon learn what you consider to be ideal time to decant a given age of Vintage Port to suit your own taste preferences.  Enjoy!



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