196? Martinez

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196? Martinez

Post by jdaw1 » 18:19 Sat 17 Dec 2016

The traditional Christmas Tasting was held in Tom’s pub.

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Re: 196? Martinez

Post by flash_uk » 18:21 Thu 05 Jan 2017

25% opacity, brown-orange. Old dates, hints of mint on the nose. Sweet entry, slightly bitter edge, faint acidity. Soft fruits in the finish. Nicely balanced, lively.

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Re: 196? Martinez

Post by AHB » 22:06 Fri 06 Jan 2017

The cork was clearly branded "Martinez" but the area of the cork with the branding of the year on it had been eaten by weevils. The bottle appeared to be consistent with the vintages of 1960 or 1963 but my impression of the wine was that it was not the 1963 vintage from Martinez.

Copper-ochre in colour, 30% opaque. Hollow nose with hints of slightly peppery alcohol. Gentle entry of aged and mature port. The flavours spread leisurely over the palate, bringing honey and lemon with them. A very pleasant palate but with limited complexity. Warm honey aftertaste with a slightly peppery flash then a burnt sugar and coffee tone. A long, rather sticky finish. Great levels of acidity keep the port fresh and focused. Served blind this was guessed to be Warre 1963. 85/100. 15-Dec-16. Decanted 1 hour.
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