This got me thinking about how this could be done properly. That is, without being constrained by American drinking limits[url=http://www.fortheloveofport.com/ftlopforum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=12364&p=66245#p66245]Here[/url] DRT wrote:One way of making your cash go a little further would be to use one of the bottles in both flights. The pours would be a fraction smaller for that one wine in each flight but it would be interesting to taste that same wine on the same night against the peers from its vintage and then again with its siblings from the same house. Fonseca 85 might be a good one to choose so that you could have a horizontal of Graham, Dow, Fonseca and Taylor 1985 and then a vertical of Fonseca 1970, 1985, 1997 and 2000.
Firstly we need a new name for this format: An Intersection Tasting?
Imagine the scene at The RAF Club:
Flight 1: 14 x 1963 Vintage Ports, including Fonseca
Steak & Kidney Pudding
Flight 2: 14 Fonseca Vintages from 1927 to 1985, including 1963
The F63 would, of course, be a magnum.
The question to be answered on the evening is: Is Fonseca 1963 the best of its generation and the best of its house?
It might take some time for us to find THE best vintage port in history using this method as each one would obviously have to take a turn at being at the intersection