1983 Offley Boa Vista

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1983 Offley Boa Vista vintage port

Post by DRT » 19:17 Sat 06 Sep 2008

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Decanted through a coffee filter with almost no sediment. The colour in the picture above is a very good representation.

On Decanting
A little spirit and wood on the nose but a hint of black fruit beneath is promising for later. Medium weight and smooth entry. My initial thought is dark chocolate and cherry. Quite hot but my experience of this wine tells me to ignore that at this point as it should integrate nicely later tonight. This has a nice big chunky tannic backbone to it whch pulls the cheeks together in the finish. Nice stuff. More later.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 1983 Offley Boa Vista vintage port

Post by DRT » 01:41 Sun 07 Sep 2008

+6 Hours
Very smooth and thicker than earlier. A nice red fruit core, strawberry being predominant, with lots of dry tannin and none of the heat that was evident earlier. This is now delicious juice but I am sure that when the dry teeth-squeaking tannins soften tomorrow it will be even better.
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Re: 1983 Offley Boa Vista vintage port

Post by DRT » 16:11 Sun 07 Sep 2008

+24 Hours
The tannins have softened but the heat is back with a vengeance. It's quite warm in the house just now so I will chill it down a little to see if that helps later.
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Re: 1983 Offley Boa Vista vintage port

Post by DRT » 22:27 Sun 07 Sep 2008

Now with the wine at 17C all of the heat has gone and this is very nice. This is not a superstar VP but it would make a very good house port for the next 10 years if you can find it at the right price.

Derek
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