1963 Berry Brothers

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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jdaw1
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1963 Berry Brothers

Post by jdaw1 » 12:14 Mon 13 Jun 2016

At Bonham’s on 18 February 2016 was sold most of a pipe of Fonseca 1963, not moved since original purchase (lots 324 to 343).

So, on Wednesday 15th June 2016, we gathered in the Boot & Flogger to compare six of these, which were joined by a selection of other English-bottled Vintage Ports.

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Re: 1963 Berry Bros & Rudd

Post by flash_uk » 17:20 Mon 20 Jun 2016

45% opacity, mature red. Mature, syrupy, dried fruit. Charles mentioned this was said to be a Taylor port, and it did have some Taylor-esque notes about it for me.

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Fonseca 1970
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Re: 1963 Berry Bros & Rudd

Post by AHB » 20:41 Sat 02 Jul 2016

Mature red colour, a soft rose; 60% opaque. Lovely mature nose, slightly sweet and slightly smokey. The nose faded over the course of 90 minutes sitting in the glass. When tasted this initially delivered a lovely redcurrant and cranberry, sour and mouthfilling. Gentle and soft tannins on the mid-palate with wonderful floral overtones and good complexity. The overall impression given by the palate is surprisingly youthful with the fruit still very fresh. The finish is very fine and long, starting with fruit and goes through many phases. Very good port. 93/100
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