1917 Martinez

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1917 Martinez

Post by jdaw1 » 22:43 Thu 28 Dec 2017

Some of the usual suspects gathered at the White Horse in Newport, Essex for the traditional Port Forum Christmas gathering to which were brought the traditional ‘Unknown shippers and their peculiar friends’. Delights of the evening included the very fine fillet steaks, the sparkling company of Jo (pub manager), Mel (on duty for the evening) and Jane the chef.

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Re: 1917 Martinez

Post by jdaw1 » 22:51 Thu 28 Dec 2017

uncle tom wrote:
11:27 Fri 22 Dec 2017
The 1917's cork has been bleached and is now legible - just..!

The first part of the shipper is illegible, but it ends INEZ - so must be Martinez
idj123 wrote:
18:19 Fri 22 Dec 2017
If that's correct then a certain tome will require a revision as an Mz17 is not listed :D

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Re: 1917 Martinez

Post by AHB » 21:39 Wed 03 Jan 2018

Identified from the branded cork. Deep bronze colour, 70% opaque. A well developed nose, quite sharp and aromatic; fragrant with lots of furniture polish. Soft honey flavours arrive on the palate, but they are slightly dry with some unexpected tannins providing a core to the port. Sweet, with lovely delicate honey flavours on the mid and late palate. The aftertaste is big, slightly hot and very flavoursome, with lots of coffee and orange oil. A great length, which fades to a low but persistent level.

Two hours later it had a lovely acidity bestowing a freshness to the fragrance that gave the port lots of life and vigour. 89/100. Decanted 3 hours. 21-Dec-17.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: 1917 Martinez

Post by flash_uk » 17:46 Wed 17 Jan 2018

30% opacity, brown orange. Lively nose, Christmas cake. Smooth, syrupy, rich, cranberries.

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Re: 1917 Martinez

Post by PhilW » 10:15 Thu 18 Jan 2018

Superb, fabulous, dark, spicy, red cherry; originally believed Fonseca, which I could have believed, but clearly not from cork; understood to have been later decoded as Martinez.
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