Good mid-deep youthful colour; still quite tight knit on the nose with a character in between milk chocolate and dark chocolate, perhaps with more to give; sweet and peppery, spicy, quite dry but standing up well, attractive, fresh berry fruit character, minerally underneath slightly let down by a rather dry, austere finish. A good ‘77 but lacking length and breadth. 16/20
Symington's Port Tasting Panel
Rich garnet colour. The wine has a magnificent bottle age bouquet and is exceptionally firm in the mouth. The tannins are beginning to soften but the excellent structure of the wine is immediately apparent on the palate. Excellent long finish.
For the Love of Port
Medium dark eggplant color with light pink edge that fades to tawny. Aromatically there was great purity of grape along with mocha and rum soaked raisins. Very smooth and balanced with excellent acidity which really stood out on the first night, in a good way. The tannins were gentle and mostly resolved, but were still present and this may have some room for improvement. Viscous and off-dry, reaching peak at the latter part of this decade, but with the requisite stuffing to plateau for another ten years beyond that. Medium weight, scrumptious cherry and grape character, with emerging flavours of Christmas cake and some spirit along with modest complexity in the middle, but very tasty nonetheless, leading to a medium-long finish. This was by far the best bottle I've had of the 1977 Quarles Harris. My brother felt my score was on the stingy side and he is usually more conservative than me in his ratings. 92 Points