1983 Churchill Agua Alta

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1983 Churchill Quinta da Agua Alta

Post by AHB » 14:10 Thu 23 Jul 2009

1st bottle opened was spoiled.

2nd bottle was very light in colour; easily the most advanced of the wines being drunk that night; orange rather than red. Slightly sherry smelling nose; quite spicy but attractive. Light body, and surprisingly tannic impact given the colour. Pleasantly fruity, but quite simple and straightforward although the acidity shows strongly in the mid-palate. Not offensive, prefectly decent drinking but lacks balance to be great. Big burst of flavour on swallowing and a big aftertaste, very surprising given what goes before. 86/100. Drunk on a pop 'n' pour basis on 21 July 2009.
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Re: 1983 Churchill Quinta da Agua Alta

Post by DRT » 09:55 Sun 26 Jul 2009

This was my first encounter with Churchill Agua Alta and I have to say it wasn't a good one.

AHB and I disagree on this one. I would not choose to drink this wine again as I found it quite unpleasant. I took away a small sample which I kept in the fridge until last night. It was even more undrinkable than it was on Tueday night. I strongly suspect, and indeed hope, that the two bottles of this that we tasted are from a severely compromised batch.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"
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Re: 1983 Churchill Quinta da Agua Alta

Post by uncle tom » 20:17 Sun 26 Jul 2009

I agree this didn't show well, and certainly not a wine that is well cut out for restaurant use.

However, before damning it, I would like to try giving a bottle of this some TLC, decanting it and then leaving it to integrate for a day or so..

..it might be a poor wine - or just too delicate..

I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly - W.S. Churchill

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Re: 1983 Churchill Quinta da Agua Alta

Post by WS1 » 23:56 Tue 28 Jul 2009

Hi there,

this wine was by far the most disappointing wine of the whole evening. Both bts were just not really something I would hope to get when ordering a Port in a Restaurant. The first one was spoiled and the second one just also problematic. Neither the missing balance or the flakey, diffuse fuit flavours in addition to the quite watery apperance did help. Just a weak bt or Port (still needs to be decided).


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Re: 1983 Churchill Quinta da Agua Alta

Post by christopherpfaff » 13:54 Sun 12 May 2013

I recently purchased a 12 bottles case of this seldom wine.

Yesterday I opend the first bottle, what was external not in good condition. Capsule was damaged, filling was top shoulder and it seem with signs of seepage.

But the opening was a big surprise. The cork was in good condition and the content too.

The wine developed well, fully mature, more on the lighter sight, but not faulty. But if you set in relation, that this is a 30 year old Single Quinta VP and it was even the second VP of this young Port producer, I was very satisfied with the result. :)
"An one litre bottle [of port] is the right size for two persons, if one person doesn´t drink." - Dirk Niepoort

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