1970 Dalva

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jdaw1
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1970 Dalva

Post by jdaw1 » 21:17 Thu 09 Jun 2011

AHB and DRT and RAYC tested Davy’s new location, the Steak Exchange of 2 Exchange Square EC2A 2EH, +44 20 7256 5962.

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Re: 1970 Dalva

Post by AHB » 10:29 Sat 11 Jun 2011

Oh dear! The cork fell into the bottle when trying to get the corkscrew to grip and the port came out a very pale orange, perhaps 5% opaque. On the nose, this smells of curacao and damp yeast. Some sweetness in the mouth, with very little flavour at first. Air releases a plastic flavour that clings to the inside of the mouth and dominates the aftertaste and finish. Sadly, the bottle is as bad as the colour led to be expected. NR.
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Re: 1970 Dalva

Post by DRT » 23:35 Sat 11 Jun 2011

My note says: "The colour of brandy. Yeasty nose, like the T45 tasted at Noval in 2009. Oranges - very tawny and very viscous - almost waxy in the mouth."

This was truly horrid at first but I did go back for a glass five hours later and found it drinkable. It will never be known whether it was the changed state of me or the wine that was the explanation for this.
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