1970 Royal Oporto

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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1970 Royal Oporto vintage port

Post by AHB » 10:00 Tue 19 Oct 2010

From a dumpy bottle, labelled on one side and stencilled on the other. Sealed with a ""lead"" capsule which had been covered in black wax; stoppered with the shortest cork I have ever seen used for vintage port. Very pale pink on decanting, and with little sediment - not promising much for later in the day.

Deep orange in colour, 20% opaque. On the nose, this is faintly medicinal and with a touch of applemint. Sweet on the palate, gentle dried fig and sultana with a touch of mild acid to give structure. Air releases more floral flavours; refined and delicate. The aftertaste is floral and refined, and the finish dominated by raspberry creme brulee - especially the burnt sugar on the top! Pleasant drinking, but not a bottle of which to own more than one or two. 83/100. Opened 17 October 2010 and drunk after 10 hours decanting.
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Glenn E.
Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
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Re: 1970 Royal Oporto vintage port

Post by Glenn E. » 16:06 Tue 19 Oct 2010

Your notes are more elegant than mine, but your conclusion is similar. My scores have ranged from 82-85. I have 2 more of these and will probably use them to show friends who are relatively new to Port what an over-the-hill Port is like. It's pleasant, but not something to save (or savor).
Glenn Elliott

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