1985 Delaforce

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1985 Delaforce

Post by DRT » 18:14 Thu 26 Aug 2010

The Crusting Pipe, London, 26th August 2010. AHB, Cookie, jdaw1 and Uncle Tom in attendance.

Theme: Bring a vintage port to share - to be served blind.

Organisation thread;
Review of the evening;
1985 Delaforce;
1970 Warre;
1977 Quarles Harris;
1985 Calem;
1975 Cockburn;
1982 Sandeman.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"
Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 1985 Delaforce

Post by jdaw1 » 09:38 Fri 27 Aug 2010

Df85, from AHB. Colour only 30% opaque, the hue being a strawberry tawny. Alcohol prominent in the nose, with not much fruit. A lot of tartness early palate, and alcohol late. Flavours of orange and strawberry. Light at start, lovely sweetness mid-palate to the end. Guesses: W77 (JDAW); Cr77 (RLC); W66 (THRA). following the tie-break described in the QH77 TN, third-placed WOTN.

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Re: 1985 Delaforce

Post by AHB » 00:16 Mon 30 Aug 2010

Slightly lightet and more mature looking than the QH77 shown alongside. Sweet raisins and mace on the nose, with lots to smell. Sweet entry, good levels of secondary fruit, which show a good balance. Some very slight tannins and gentle acidity. Lovely balance. A slight burn on swallowing, then a long juniper and redcurrant finish. Easy drinking port. 89/100, drunk 26 August 2010.

I marginally preferred this to the QH77.
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