1977 Quarles Harris

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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DRT
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1977 Quarles Harris

Post by DRT » 18:17 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: 1977 Quarles Harris

Post by jdaw1 » 09:00 Fri 27 Aug 2010

QH77, from JDAW. When decanted at 2pm full of very tart cherry. By 7pm a lovely red though only 40% opaque, the nose full of cherries. Same to taste, richly sweet. Earlier in the evening I thought it slightly marred by a hint of acridity in the mid-palate, but that faded. Thought to be Cr82 (THRA); Cr80 (RLC); and W83 (AHB). Voted 2nd by THRA and RLC; 3rd by AHB and JDAW. So we went to the tie-break process: could anyone be persuaded to switch the ordering of QH77-Df85 preference? I could give them a tie, so QH77 2nd placed.

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Re: 1977 Quarles Harris

Post by AHB » 00:14 Mon 30 Aug 2010

Mature red, good colour but with a clear centre. Sharp, minty nose; prunes and roses showing well. Great texture on entry, medium bodied and with a lively pepperiness.. Delightful sweet fruit and a perfect balance of secondary flavours. Lovely sweet start to the aftertaste, followed by a long aniseed finish. Tasty port, perfect for drinking with friends. 88/100. Drunk 26 August 2010.
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