1997 Martinez

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1997 Martinez

Post by jdaw1 » 20:29 Sat 17 May 2008

[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=14680#14680]Here[/url] jdaw1 wrote:Image
Half-a-dozen Mz97s, packed in a wooden box, at $16 a bottle. That’s the cost of Mg91. How could I be wrong?

Warehouse Wines & Spirits®, 735 Broadway at Astor Place, New York, NY 10003, tel +1 212 982 7770; fax +1 212 982 7791. No website.
Time for a try-out of a $16 vintage port.

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Martinez 1997 front label

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Martinez 1997 back label

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Martinez Gassiot was founded in the City of London in 1790 and opened its first lodge in Oporto in 1834.
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Martinez 1997 capsule

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Martinez 1997 cork

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Martinez 1997 sediment

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Martinez 1997 wine colour

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Martinez 1997

Post by jdaw1 » 20:48 Sat 17 May 2008

Martinez 1997 bought locally for $16 a bottle. Decanted through muslin 3pm, with sticky-looking but fine sediment. No lumps. Very dark, red, a touch cloudy (opening the wooden case won’t have helped), with maybe a tiny hint of brown at the edge: somewhere between :990033: and :660000:. At D+0 grape jelly in the light nose and on the palate, but very very tannic in the mouth. This will need a lot of time in the decanter.

So, as I don’t have many days, I have held the stopper firmly whilst shaking vigorously, and then removed the stopper. (Advice: the sequencing is important.)

Further reports to come.

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Martinez 1997

Post by jdaw1 » 03:31 Sun 18 May 2008

D+7h: still hot and tannic. Huge grapey fruit, but with an ill-melded feel. Tempted to score this something odd like 2-6.

Alas storage is tricky, so the other five bottles will be drunk too young: i.e., soon.

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Re: Martinez 1997

Post by RonnieRoots » 07:07 Sun 18 May 2008

jdaw1 wrote:D+7h: still hot and tannic. Huge grapey fruit, but with an ill-melded feel. Tempted to score this something odd like 2-6.

Alas storage is tricky, so the other five bottles will be drunk too young: i.e., soon.
The cork looks good, and from your description it doesn't sound cooked. I would certainly try to let some bottles sit in the cellar for a good while and try them aged.

Nice pictures, and of course, a tremendous bargain.

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D+30h: still hot, but also blander.

Post by jdaw1 » 03:47 Mon 19 May 2008

D+30h: still hot, but also blander. The softening of yesterday’s tannins has not left a great port. Satisfactory quaffing, I suppose. 2-5 might be the final score.

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