1964 Taylor Vargellas

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AHB
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1964 Vargellas

Post by AHB » 21:06 Wed 31 Mar 2010

Decanted from a bottle with a very hard, but seemingly sound cork. At D+1 this was a deep, rich red with a slight hint of bricking on the rim. A lively nose, full of Christmas Pine and violets. Surprisingly sweet entry, with a huge range of secondary flavours. Very big and flavoursome; still noticeably tannic. The aftertaste is big, slightly bitter and of considerable length. A very impressive port, with many years of life ahead of it. 91/100.
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Re: 1964 Vargellas

Post by Glenn E. » 22:38 Wed 31 Mar 2010

Yum! I am eager to open my bottle, but alas it must wait until an appropriate birthday.

I have a Fonseca Guimaraens, a Graham's Malvedos, and a Taylor's Vargellas currently slated for 50, 55, and 60 respectively. Does that seem reasonable based on your recent experiences with the Malvedos and Vargellas?

(I have a Nacional for 65 or my retirement party, whichever comes later.)
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Re: 1964 Vargellas

Post by DRT » 18:51 Thu 01 Apr 2010

Glenn E. wrote:(I have a Nacional for 65 or my retirement party, whichever comes later.)
Is there space at that table for a previous owner? :wink: :lol:
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Re: 1964 Vargellas

Post by Glenn E. » 01:19 Fri 02 Apr 2010

DRT wrote:
Glenn E. wrote:(I have a Nacional for 65 or my retirement party, whichever comes later.)
Is there space at that table for a previous owner? :wink: :lol:
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Re: 1964 Vargellas

Post by AHB » 09:39 Fri 02 Apr 2010

Glenn

In my humble opinion, I think this particular bottle of Vargellas is probably absolutely at its peak. It has a wonderful mIx of fruit and maturity. It will still be very good in 15 years time, but I would be very tempted to open this bottle first in 2014.
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