VDP# KU 380351 01, and imported by Robert Haas Selections, San Leandro, CA. The bottle itself has “WARRE 1977† upon the glass: quite right; good people.
Note that it impairs your ability, not mine.The author of the back label of this Warre 1977 wrote:WARRE’S
Vintage Porto is a selection of the very finest Porto wines of an exceptional year. All Vintage Porto throws a deposit or “crust† as it has been aged in bottle since it was two years old, and its exceptional flavour and bouquet is a characteristic of its development in the bottle.
To ensure that none of this deposit reaches one’s glass, let the bottle stand upright for a few hours then draw the cork gently and pour the wine slowly and carefully into a decanter, leaving the deposit in the original bottle.
The majority of Vintage Porto is shipped to England where it graces the table of Royalty and is served as a dessert wine at all Royal Banquets, important dinners, exclusive London Clubs, superior hotels and restaurants and in the homes of the most exacting connoisseurs of fine wine.
Traditionally all Royal and important toasts are drunk in Vintage Porto.
GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) ACCORDING TO THE SURGEON GENERAL, WOMEN SHOULD NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES DURING PREGNANCY BECAUSE OF THE RISH OF BIRTH DEFECTS. (2) CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IMPAIRS YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE A CAR OR OPERATE MACHINERY, AND MAY CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS.
NOTE: Vintage Poto should be stored lying down.
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Slightly damp under the foil; the cork wet and loose. Having only a waiter’s corkscrew it broke into a few pieces. At 12:30 on Wednesday 15 August 2007 decanted through an unbleached coffee filter, just before a load of rushing around ahead of the arrival of some friends of the in-laws. One of these friends a “recovering alcoholic†, so no D+0 tasting.
D+6 hours: red-pink, and, consistent with the Warre 1960 and Warre 1963, the colour of only moderate saturation: my handwritten note says “mediumly thin colour† (meaning “medium-thin colour†). Slow tears. No heat on nose, though some to mouth. Smelt of port-like damsons (can one just say “nosed of port†?). Good length in mouth though not throat. Almost cherry; certainly red fruits.
Later the same evening, after the champagne tasting: considerable alcohol on the tongue. Seemingly fuller and richer in the mouth and throat. RSH (different friend of wife’s) finding figs. There is though a thinness that mars an otherwise very good port.
Lovely three-decade port: UncleTomScore = 7-7.
Edit: the Warre 1985 was drunk on Fri 17 Aug 2007.