1960 Martinez

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Warre’s Traditional LBV
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Re: 1960 Martinez

Post by Cookie » 06:05 Sat 22 May 2010

This is a story you could not make up!!

Well you know on the night of the 1960 horizontal for Uncle Tom's 50th this wine showed about as average as it can get. Quite an offensive nose of almost 'petrol' then the acidic entry followed by a gush of citrus fruit...especially oranges...then a jammy/marmalade finish....Funnily (delibberate for JDAW) enough exactly the same as the last bottle...so there is consistency. Both were decanted some 4 hours before consumption.

By mistake...and I have to admit due to a large imbibement of beer followed by a solo attack on a G77... which was excellent by the way ...I clearly decided to decant the M60 and then retired to bed at around 2.00am and thought no more of it.

At 3.00pm the following day..and very slightly hungover, I spoke with Uncle Tom about travel arrangements and then I proceeded to uncork my contribution for that evenings gathering....the M60... The wine behaved superbly with the cork coming out in only 3309 separate pieces....I thought that had happened recently but did not know when.

I reached for my favourite decanter only to find it full of wine...where did that come from?..I sobbed...Eventually realising that this task had already taken place some hours earlier. :oops:

Having tasted a small sample from each I travelled to the venue with the most recently decanted offering.. but have to report it was not great...hence my initial comments...but...this evening...3 days after the event I have visited the extra decanted M60 (not wanting to waste hrd earnt cash) and what a surprise...it is delicious... the 'petrol' nose has been replaced with a jammy/citrus combination. The entry is smooth and quite complex, the middle has a sharp citrus almost grapefruit and the finish is short but still has a decent amount of heat....Moral of the story is clear...Martinez.(any) decant and drink 3 days later...Simples. :lol:
God may have made water...but man made wine. - Victor Hugo

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Taylor 1900
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Re: 1960 Martinez

Post by jdaw1 » 19:16 Tue 25 May 2010

Mz60: My only note said ‟foul”.

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Chris Doty
Warre’s Otima 20 year old Tawny
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Re: 1960 Martinez

Post by Chris Doty » 12:26 Mon 07 Jun 2010

Clearly flawed. Not much to add.

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Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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Re: 1960 Martinez

Post by AHB » 10:42 Sun 27 Jun 2010

Almost as dark in colour as the Warre 1960 shown alongside. Mature redcurrants on the nose; quite hot and full of dust and nutmeg. Slightly musty entry, with good flavours but what seems to be something of a characteristic bitterness from the vintage. Not balanced, still with some tannins showing through. Dry tannins on the aftertaste, mixed in with sweet and sticky red fruit, but very short. 83/100. Drunk after much less than 3 days decanting.
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Fonseca 1966
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Re: 1960 Martinez

Post by DRT » 17:22 Thu 14 Oct 2010

My note says: "Baby's nappy on the nose"

I recall being challenged on the above description on the night and qualified it by confirming I was referring to the medicinal smell of an unsoiled, freshly applied nappy.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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