1978 Quinta da Eira Velha

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jdaw1
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Re: 1978 Eira Velha

Post by jdaw1 » 00:02 Sat 15 May 2010

EV78: mid-translucency red, with a small amount of VA on the nose. To taste, heat, rich unctuousness sweetness. Lots of heat. Length without heat. In this company, great.

Later, CSD: ‟like being whipped by a dominatrix, probably American born, probably West coast”. We defer to his expertise.

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Re: 1978 Eira Velha

Post by Chris Doty » 13:10 Mon 17 May 2010

I stand by my call -- at first pour, it showed some promise, despite its simplicity. As this night wore on, the wine became bored, harsh, and unloving.

For the benefit of the uninitiated --

This wine was trying to walk what is a fine line between pain and pleasure regarding heat and passion on the finish. I say a dominatrix, probably West Coast (and really I mean most likely Portland), because this wine was a bit amateurish with respect to gauging the appropriate mixture of pain and pleasure (i.e., having far too much of the former, and precious little of the latter). Generally well meaning, just a bit inexperienced with balance.

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Re: 1978 Eira Velha

Post by Axel P » 20:00 Mon 17 May 2010

Much better bouquet than palate. On the nose you had some promise which was totally ruined by the first sip. Simple and falling apart.

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