1994 Tesco

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1994 Tesco

Post by jdaw1 » 21:43 Thu 23 Dec 2010

1994 Tesco (Symington)
This thread is starting life in Port Conversations, with the intention that it or some of it be moved to Port Tasting Notes when the guessing is done.

Vintage port found in Paris, today, at less than €30 per bottle. What is it?

Edit: title changed; moved forum.

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Post by jdaw1 » 21:45 Thu 23 Dec 2010

?, at D+0. To behold 90% opaque, purple at center and red at the edge. Looks young. Nose closed, with plum juice. The mouth a mix. Initially that same plum, immediately followed by mint/menthol, then a brief flash of acridity. Then mid-weight purple fruit to the long ending. Bodes well.

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Post by jdaw1 » 21:51 Thu 23 Dec 2010

You may ask eye/nose/taste questions. E.g., ‟Does it smell of melons?”

Those seeking hints (did X also happen in that year?) will be rebuffed,

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Post by JacobH » 22:46 Thu 23 Dec 2010

jdaw1 wrote:You may ask eye/nose/taste questions. E.g., ‟Does it smell of melons?”
Can you taste Bunberries?
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Post by DRT » 22:57 Thu 23 Dec 2010

Is it an SQVP from 2001?
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Post by jdaw1 » 23:15 Thu 23 Dec 2010

It’s thoroughly drinkable indeed, is being drunk so tastes of bunberries. Bunberries are the magic drinkability ingredient.

2001: wrong.

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Post by jdaw1 » 23:18 Thu 23 Dec 2010

The mint/menthol sensation is now appearing, gently, throughout the whole experience. This is lovely juice, and its maker (to be revealed) can be pleased with the handiwork.

There’s also a hint of dryness at the start, but thereafter medium+ sweetness.

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Post by Glenn E. » 23:56 Thu 23 Dec 2010

Sounds a bit like a 2005 Vesuvio to me, but not at 30 Euros. Then again, it's France. What do they know?
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Post by JacobH » 00:02 Fri 24 Dec 2010

Glenn E. wrote:Sounds a bit like a 2005 Vesuvio to me, but not at 30 Euros. Then again, it's France. What do they know?
Hmm... perhaps we should ask some more sensible questions?

How tannic is this? Is the nose grapy?
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Post by DRT » 00:02 Fri 24 Dec 2010

DRT wrote:Is it an SQVP from 2001?
jdaw1 wrote:2001: wrong.
So it's an SQVP.

Crasto 2005?
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Post by Glenn E. » 00:03 Fri 24 Dec 2010

JacobH wrote:
Glenn E. wrote:Sounds a bit like a 2005 Vesuvio to me, but not at 30 Euros. Then again, it's France. What do they know?
Hmm... perhaps we should ask some more sensible questions?

How tannic is this? Is the nose grapy?
Excellent questions. To which I add:

Do you detect Christmas spice?
Failing that, any cinnamon or nutmeg?
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Post by jdaw1 » 00:29 Fri 24 Dec 2010

Not 2005.

There is now, on the tip of the tongue, some pepper heat. It reminds me of a lightly spiced papadum. Not Christmas spice though.

Grapes now starting to be stronger than plums. Red grapes; not black, not white.

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Post by DRT » 00:40 Fri 24 Dec 2010

Crasto 2004?
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Post by jdaw1 » 00:41 Fri 24 Dec 2010

Derek’s guessing continues unabated. Not 2004.

Tannin: moderate. Not really obvious until I swill it around the front gums, when it becomes very drying and obvious indeed.

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Post by Glenn E. » 00:44 Fri 24 Dec 2010

1995 Crasto? This is beginning to sound like a magnum that I opened a year ago...
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Post by jdaw1 » 00:56 Fri 24 Dec 2010

Not 1995.

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Crasto?
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Post by jdaw1 » 00:58 Fri 24 Dec 2010

DRT wrote:Crasto?
No. This is a Port of which I know you are aware.

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Post by jdaw1 » 00:59 Fri 24 Dec 2010

As I have been working my way through this a major defect is becoming more obvious.

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Post by DRT » 01:04 Fri 24 Dec 2010

jdaw1 wrote:
DRT wrote:Crasto?
No. This is a Port of which I know you are aware.
Rozès 1997?
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Post by jdaw1 » 01:10 Fri 24 Dec 2010

DRT wrote:Rozès 1997?
Not Rozès.

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Post by jdaw1 » 01:18 Fri 24 Dec 2010

Extra clues:
• Actual cost = €16 per bottle.
• It is not as young as it tastes, nor as young as you all have guessed.

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Post by DRT » 01:23 Fri 24 Dec 2010

Cruz 1989.
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Post by jdaw1 » 01:26 Fri 24 Dec 2010

DRT wrote:Cruz 1989.
DRT, the master of the completely wrong wild stab in the dark.

When I tell you what it is, at the end of this glass, reprimand yourself.

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Post by DRT » 01:33 Fri 24 Dec 2010

Not a stab in the dark - a reaction to the quoted price and the fact you are in France.
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