1985 Graham

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1985 Graham's vintage port

Post by DRT » 14:43 Sat 09 Aug 2008

From a half bottle purchased recently from Seckford Wines

On Decanting
Huge blackcurrant smell when decanting from a well formed thick black crust. Nose is quite closed in the glass. Lovely dark red colour. Clear rim. Very, very thick in the mouth. Typically Graham's plummy fruit but with a distracting amount of heat. Hopefully that will blow off by the time I re-visit in about 8 hours time. Will post some photo's of this later.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: 1985 Graham's vintage port

Post by DRT » 15:20 Sat 09 Aug 2008

Half bottle with a full-size label
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Back label
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Cork
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Sediment
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Decanter
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In the glass - the flash has made this look lighter than it really is
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"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: 1985 Graham's vintage port

Post by DRT » 22:48 Sat 09 Aug 2008

+8 Hours
Much darker in the glass than when decanted. Unless I am very much mistaken this has almost no smell whatsoever :shock:

Thick, chewy and delicious mouthfeel. Lots of big black fruits and as smooth as silk. The heat from earlier has all but vanished. The finish is exceptionally long and fruity. My cheeks are running but the underside of my tongue and inside of my lips are very dry from the huge tannins that are still holding this wine together. This has many years to go before hitting it's peak but is absolutely delicious now.

Now that I have tasted it and given it another swirl I am now detecting cherry on the nose.

Score: 8-9
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Re: 1985 Graham's vintage port

Post by DRT » 20:15 Sun 10 Aug 2008

+30 Hours
Still delicious but now has some of that heat back. It is also struggling to overcome the italian spicy chicken I had for dinner earlier this evening :?
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Re: 1985 Graham's vintage port

Post by jdaw1 » 21:11 Sun 10 Aug 2008

This is a very odd and un-Derek-like tasting note. How did DRT manage to persuade a half bottle, a mere half!, to last 30 hours? In the dim and distant past this would have been believed impossible.

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Re: 1985 Graham's vintage port

Post by DRT » 22:30 Sun 10 Aug 2008

jdaw1 wrote:This is a very odd and un-Derek-like tasting note. How did DRT manage to persuade a half bottle, a mere half!, to last 30 hours? In the dim and distant past this would have been believed impossible.
I always try to drink good-uns over an extended period. I cope by also having something else to drink open at the same time :wink:
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Re: 1985 Graham's vintage port

Post by DRT » 00:14 Mon 11 Aug 2008

+34 Hours
The final glass from my half bottle :cry:

My palate seems to have recovered from the spicy chicken and the harsher elements I was detecting earlier this evening have now gone. This is fabulous juice. I don't think it would be possible to have too much of it in your cellar.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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