1963 Warre

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AHB
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1963 Warre vintage port

Post by AHB » 00:23 Sat 20 Dec 2008

Bottled by Corney & Barrow. Clear colour, red but very pale. Oddly soapy on the nose. Sweet in the mouth with a slightly bitter olive flavour and some very grassy tones. Very atypical of the vintage and shipper. Lots of cranberries on the aftertaste, which is otherwise long and sweetly fruity. Smooth and enjoyable but not a typical bottle of this port. 90/100.
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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by DRT » 09:27 Sat 20 Dec 2008

This wine had a lovely texture and colour but was otherwise disjointed and not what I would expect from Warre or from 1963. I kept a small sample which I will taste at some point soon to see if it pulls itself together.
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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by uncle tom » 20:59 Sat 20 Dec 2008

Concur - a sound enough wine to drink, but it seemed inconsistant with both shipper and vintage.

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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by DRT » 00:42 Sun 21 Dec 2008

+48ish Hours
Now has a delicate floral nose. Great texture and a lovely entry but it then goes horribly wrong with a very bitter and hot finish. What a shame. This port has so many good things to offer but it just can't hold it together.
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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by AHB » 13:00 Sat 10 Jan 2009

Was this the bottle which had a cork completely disintegrate, and which I took home to rebuild?
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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by KillerB » 15:27 Sat 10 Jan 2009

AHB wrote:Was this the bottle which had a cork completely disintegrate, and which I took home to rebuild?
The cork broke but didn't completely disintegrate, and it's in my car, so no then.
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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by RonnieRoots » 12:04 Sun 11 Jan 2009

KillerB: was this your 'birthyear bottle'?

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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by KillerB » 13:33 Sun 11 Jan 2009

RonnieRoots wrote:KillerB: was this your 'birthyear bottle'?
Yes - I decided that I'd put too much pressure on the poor thing knowing that it could have taken a dive. Better to let it die in good company with other Ports where it may have shone or fizzled than potentially fizzle away on its own. Turns out it was OK but not as good as it could have been - I did the right thing. I will get myself some other 1963s to compensate.
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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by RonnieRoots » 14:49 Sun 11 Jan 2009

Good to hear it was still enjoyable, but a pity that it didn't show as good as it could have. But now that that one's gone, you're free to buy yourself some Fonseca 1963! And if you decide to drink that one day, we've got a Taylor's to match it.

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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by KillerB » 01:41 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Whilst muddling through some stuff, I found this sampler bottle that I took away with me from TPF Xmas 2008 - Thanks AHB. One would expect that a year or so on that this may not be all that. However, what has happened is that all the remaining grizzle has sunk to the bottom and left me with something distinctly tawny. What's more it is an excellent tawny, masses of orange and caramel, smooth in the entry with a good citric bang in the middle. Some softened dried mixed fruit appeal, like a home-made mince pie and a lovely soft finish that hangs around reminding you what you nearly missed. I would not normally suggest this as a plan for a 46 yo VP but it is truly lovely.
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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by RonnieRoots » 14:36 Mon 18 Jan 2010

I never have surpisese like that.

And while this thread is being revived, let's look at a promise you made:
KillerB wrote:I will get myself some other 1963s to compensate.
Which did you get? We still have the Taylor to match it. :)

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Re: 1963 Warre vintage port

Post by KillerB » 18:29 Mon 18 Jan 2010

RonnieRoots wrote:I never have surpisese like that.

And while this thread is being revived, let's look at a promise you made:
KillerB wrote:I will get myself some other 1963s to compensate.
Which did you get? We still have the Taylor to match it. :)
Yes, I looked at that and wondered myself. I will make it a challenge for this year to get some 1963s in.
Port is basically a red drink

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