1970 Offley Boa Vista

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1970 Offley Boa Vista

Post by jdaw1 » 08:20 Mon 19 Sep 2011

A Ragbag of Good Port, Monday 19 September 2011, at the Steak Exchange. Links:

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Re: 1970 Offley Boa Vista

Post by PhilW » 11:58 Sat 24 Sep 2011

Medium colour, simple straightforward port but very pleasant drinking. Best 70 of this offline for me (although possibly only because the Martinez was VA tainted). Very good.

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Re: 1970 Offley Boa Vista

Post by AHB » 16:25 Mon 26 Sep 2011

Pale rose colour, turning orange at the rim; 30% opaque. Modest nose, showing some faint menthol and juniper. Soft, medium-bodied entry. The flavours are initially restrained, but open well on the palate to give a lovely balanced flavour. Sweet cherry and dry leather dominate the aftertaste and finish. Very pleasant port, although a touch dry on the finish. 85/100.
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Re: 1970 Offley Boa Vista

Post by g-man » 17:32 Mon 26 Sep 2011

You know AHB,

I thought i had yer palate pinned and I thought this would be a wine you'd really love.

I felt it to be perfectly matured port offering a fine blend of delicacy and balancae.

It's not as spicy (certainly not a block buster next to its 1970 brethren like the fonseca) but it's one I felt is what port strives to be when it's mature.

I would have placed this in the low to mid 90s and this particular bottle has me out looking for more offleys.
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Re: 1970 Offley Boa Vista

Post by DRT » 17:41 Mon 26 Sep 2011

A brief note: Peppery nose - some spirit - very mature - soft - drink up.
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Re: 1970 Offley Boa Vista

Post by AHB » 20:38 Mon 03 Oct 2011

g-man wrote:You know AHB,

I thought i had yer palate pinned and I thought this would be a wine you'd really love.

I felt it to be perfectly matured port offering a fine blend of delicacy and balancae.

It's not as spicy (certainly not a block buster next to its 1970 brethren like the fonseca) but it's one I felt is what port strives to be when it's mature.

I would have placed this in the low to mid 90s and this particular bottle has me out looking for more offleys.
It was good, a score of 85 is an enjoyable wine, but this particular bottle was drying out a little, with one or two empty spots on its palate profile. However, if I had a bottle at home, I would happily open it and would choose to drink it rather than a glass of water!
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Re: 1970 Offley Boa Vista

Post by g-man » 21:15 Mon 03 Oct 2011

AHB wrote:
g-man wrote:You know AHB,

I thought i had yer palate pinned and I thought this would be a wine you'd really love.

I felt it to be perfectly matured port offering a fine blend of delicacy and balancae.

It's not as spicy (certainly not a block buster next to its 1970 brethren like the fonseca) but it's one I felt is what port strives to be when it's mature.

I would have placed this in the low to mid 90s and this particular bottle has me out looking for more offleys.
It was good, a score of 85 is an enjoyable wine, but this particular bottle was drying out a little, with one or two empty spots on its palate profile. However, if I had a bottle at home, I would happily open it and would choose to drink it rather than a glass of water!
ah ha, I can see that about the palate profile.
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Re: 1970 Offley Boa Vista

Post by RAYC » 23:14 Mon 03 Oct 2011

g-man wrote:I felt it to be perfectly matured port offering a fine blend of delicacy and balancae.

It's not as spicy (certainly not a block buster next to its 1970 brethren like the fonseca) but it's one I felt is what port strives to be when it's mature.

I would have placed this in the low to mid 90s and this particular bottle has me out looking for more offleys.
I concur.

I have a lot of time this port, which is a great example of an elegantly mature port with no great pretensions. Straightforward? Maybe a touch. But no obvious flaws or disjointedness, which is more important to me.

Ticks all the boxes a dinner guest who is not an aficionado would want and expect. It ticks most of my boxes as well, and does what it does at a great QPR - can be had for £40ish a bottle all in...

This particular bottle did not quite reach the same level as the two other times i have tried it, but i still find it hard to be too critical bearing in mind its easy-drinking nature and modest price tag. Probably at/around peak maturity now so not for long-term cellaring, but i will be suprised if it didn't last well for at least another 5 years. Note, as before, says "must buy". A high *** on this occasion.
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