1966 Calem Foz

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AHB
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1966 Calem Foz

Post by AHB » 21:33 Fri 09 Jan 2009

1966 Quinta do Foz vintage port
Plastic snap-on capsule; UK bottled by the Wine Society and with a Wine Society label but with a cork clearly branded Quinta do Foz 1966; light green glass. Decanted easily and left a lot of sediment in the bottle.

A lovely rich, red colour, deep centre, deep rim. Wonderfully open on the nose, sweet and inviting, full of dates and ripe Victoria plums. Quite dry on entry and with a pronounced acidity but a lovely, rich sweetness develops and fills the mouth with cinnamon and plums. Quite hot initially on the aftertaste, but this quickly fades to leave a long and very robust pear and chocolate finish. Delicious and a real surprise to me as the first Quinta do Foz I have ever tried. Very good indeed. 91/100 after 24 hours in the decanter. Drunk on 9 Jan 2009.
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Re: 1966 Quinta do Foz vintage port

Post by jdaw1 » 21:53 Fri 09 Jan 2009

Sounds like a grave omission from the ’66 horizontal.

Only solution: we will have to do another.

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Re: 1966 Quinta do Foz vintage port

Post by AHB » 22:32 Fri 09 Jan 2009

But this was my only bottle, bought as part of a mini-vertical so that I could acquire some of the '63 Foz. So even if we did have another '66 horizontal we would not be able to include the Foz.

But I am mightily impressed by it. I was expecting something quite weak and tired. Instead it is robust but still intellectual with all the hidden depths it shows.

Yummy.
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Re: 1966 Quinta do Foz vintage port

Post by jdaw1 » 22:42 Fri 09 Jan 2009

So what you are saying is that we will have to do another ’66 horizontal, in order to include a bottle that we would have to acquire just for the occasion. Works for me.

My prejudice about a Foz ’66 would have been like yours though, like you, it isn’t a name that I can recall having previously sampled.

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Re: 1966 Quinta do Foz vintage port

Post by DRT » 22:53 Fri 09 Jan 2009

I have a feeling that a new standard is about to be set in terms of what constitutes a Horizontal Tasting. Our 1966 Horizontal will not come close to meeting that standard so it will be essential to do another one at some point :twisted:
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