1955 Gonzalez Byass

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jdaw1
Taylor 1900
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Re: 1955 González Byass

Post by jdaw1 » 08:33 Thu 14 Oct 2010

GB55: orange-red. Nose ‟maybe slightly flawed”. Early-palate hot. Then horrible. The late-palate, in so far as I could be bothered to care, was OK. Likened by CRS to cough mixture.

In the first flight competition (Ad, BPFHB, C, D, Fr, F, GB, and G) scoring 4½ points, being ranked second by THRA, third by GEE and NN, and third-equal by an indecisive RAH.

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Re: 1955 González Byass

Post by DRT » 15:49 Thu 14 Oct 2010

In complete contradiction to those who included this in their three best wines of the flight/night my brief but descriptive note says:

"Urine nose. Yuck."
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 1955 González Byass

Post by AHB » 08:32 Sun 17 Oct 2010

Deep tone of light red, 40% opaque. Lovely rich nose of gentle Christmas cake - very attractive. Mild entry, slightly flabby and fat; lacking a little acidity and therefore focus. Behind this lack of focus is a pleasant mandarin flavour. The aftertaste is full of concentrated mandarin juice and a lovely lavendar finish; unfortunately, one which fades quickly. 85/100.
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Re: 1955 González Byass

Post by Chris Doty » 10:32 Sun 17 Oct 2010

This is BLUE COLLAR port. Feels like 1980s Pittsburgh. Hard hats, lunch pails, and denim. Brown sugar, light, a bit grim, a bit medicinal. Gruff, and not up the street of this dandy. 82 points.

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Re: 1955 González Byass

Post by Glenn E. » 22:57 Fri 31 Dec 2010

Color: Medium dark.
Nose: Interesting floral note.
Palate: Entry sweet and pleasant, but then goes south a bit.
Finish: Similar to palate; nice.

Score: 89 points. My #3 of the first flight behind the Graham and Adams.
Glenn Elliott

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