1977 Dalva

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uncle tom
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1977 Dalva vintage port

Post by uncle tom » 20:44 Sat 26 Apr 2008

An odd bottle from a job lot - appearance is compatible with good cellaring.

Decanted 5.30pm - very pale with fine gritty sediment.

First sip - bland, inoffensive.

3 hours on - pale golden red colour in the glass; light, slightly smokey bouquet.

Light on the palate, but little fire. Unexceptional, but quite agreeable..

..more anon

Tom
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Post by DRT » 01:54 Sun 27 Apr 2008

This sounds very similar to my recollection of the Dalva 70.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Post by uncle tom » 12:33 Sun 27 Apr 2008

This sounds very similar to my recollection of the Dalva 70
Yes, has more in common with the '70 than other 77's

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Post by uncle tom » 15:17 Sun 27 Apr 2008

22 hours on..

Has filled out quite nicely, but a little bit of fire has emerged.

I would judge this wine to be at the peak of it's maturation cycle, if anything, a little past it's peak. While this is very much a second division wine, I would not be averse to buying more - if the price was right.

To score - for immediate gratifciation this ranks a little below the mean, so a 4

Where's it going? I suspect that this will be very tired and possibly tertiary in another ten years, so a 2

Score 4-2

Tom
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Post by uncle tom » 17:24 Tue 29 Apr 2008

PS: After 48 hours it was noticeably better..

Tom
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