1952 Dalva Golden White Colheita

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JacobH
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1952 Dalva Golden White Colheita

Post by JacobH » 23:07 Sun 24 May 2009

Drunk at Vinologia in Oporto, May 2009,

I believe DRT led me to expect this Port to be green... (Un)fortunately, it was not but rather a clear dark gold!

The nose was slightly disappointing, with a slight sensation of surgical spirit. Thankfully, once in the mouth, it considerably improved and I can now see why Dalva White Colheitas are so prized. As with the Quinta de Santa Eufémia "tawny" whites, this had very little fruit but this was more than compensated by a luscious sweetness. I suppose Dalva must be aging sweeter whites (perhaps a Lagrima rather than a standard dry). There was still a touch of tannins left, giving it body and this, combined with a bit of spice, reminded me far more of "mainstream" ports than any of the other whites I drank with it.
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Re: 1952 Dalva White Colheita

Post by morteno » 08:46 Fri 29 May 2009

I'm planning to share this one with some friends in a week er two. Is decanting needed, and if so for how long? Thanks.

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Re: 1952 Dalva White Colheita

Post by Glenn E. » 17:18 Fri 29 May 2009

I'd say no, decanting is not necessary.

I've never had my own bottle of it, but like Jacob had it at Vinologia. My impression from it there is that an hour's decant will help it loosen up out of the bottle, but anything beyond that probably won't have much of an effect.
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Re: 1952 Dalva White Colheita

Post by JacobH » 17:22 Fri 29 May 2009

As I imagine he's had the chance to try this more than anyone else around here, perhaps Gonçalo might have some experience as to how this develops?
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Re: 1952 Dalva White Colheita

Post by DRT » 01:47 Wed 03 Jun 2009

JacobH wrote:Drunk at Vinologia in Oporto, May 2009,

I believe DRT led me to expect this Port to be green... (Un)fortunately, it was not but rather a clear dark gold!
I believe I told you it was brown, not white. Green? The only green port I have tasted is Ferriera 1830. 88)
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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