1985 Churchill

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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1985 Churchill

Post by JacobH » 11:10 Sat 25 Jun 2011

Same colour as the Niepoort 1987. Good ‟Porty” solid fruit on the nose. In the mouth quite subtle and elegant. Distant black currants with a very long aftertaste full of fruit. The fruit and sugar are well integrated, making this really excellent. It just needs about 10 years to full maturity. Guessed as a Fonseca 1983!

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Re: 1985 Churchill

Post by PhilW » 14:44 Sat 25 Jun 2011

Medium dark in colour, very fruity smell. Loads of fruit and flavour, dense and complex and delicious to taste, very slightly tannic. Also guessed as F83. Additional note: tried the following night with leftover sample and was again very impressed, same as above with minimal tannin noticed. Lovely port.

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Fonseca 1963
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Re: 1985 Churchill

Post by AHB » 21:43 Fri 15 Jul 2011

Mid red, still very deep; 90% opaque. Lovely on the nose, full of attractive herbs and perhaps a little VA. Medium bodied entry, bringing sweet and candied strawberries with delicate tannins. Lovely development of flvours with a modest acidic backbone and an elegant balance. Slightly enpty on the aftertaste that fills quickly and goes on to a long, sweet finish. This port has a lovely elegance and balance, and provides delicious drinking today or for the next decade. Guessed to be F77, F83, F83. 90/100.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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