1977 Sandeman

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1977 Sandeman

Post by jdaw1 » 21:53 Mon 02 Jan 2012

In honour of the presence in London of Dr Dirk Bruns, people gathered at the The Crusting Pipe on Tuesday 3rd January 2012 to taste some 1977s. Links:

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Re: 1977 Sandeman

Post by jdaw1 » 19:00 Tue 03 Jan 2012

Cork, original colouring.
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Cork, digitally whitened.
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Re: 1977 Sandeman

Post by jdaw1 » 22:36 Wed 04 Jan 2012

S77: decanted 17:45. Red, 40% opaque. Great unctuous texture. Big heat in the mid-palate, lovely. Soft fruit, pale cherries throughout, and also strawberries. Mid-weight, perhaps on the light side of that.

This bottle had about one hour of decant, at which time it showed beautifully. It did not improve during the evening: indeed, post-Fonseca, RAYC claimed that it had lessened. S77 should be decanted late.

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Re: 1977 Sandeman

Post by RAYC » 16:13 Fri 06 Jan 2012

Elegant nose, great texture which was sweet and thick, in terms of flavour i could not detect a huge amount of fruit but there was a very attractive and unusual earthiness to it. Alas, became simpler with extended air-time, which i maintain was nothing to do with tasting Fonseca 77 in the interim! At its best: **** (91)
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Re: 1977 Sandeman

Post by AHB » 09:35 Sun 08 Jan 2012

Modest red colour, looking mature; slightly cloudy, 80% opaque. Redcurrant and juniper on the nose, slightly hot. Neutral impact, still dominated by some lively tannins. Black cherry eventually shows through. Light bodied, tart and a touch dry. Delicious aftertaste and a finish of great length. This put on weight and developed a better set of flavours with another couple of hours in the glass. 86/100. 3 hour decant.
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Re: 1977 Sandeman

Post by jdaw1 » 10:39 Sun 08 Jan 2012

jdaw1 wrote:S77 ! 40% opaque.
AHB wrote:80% opaque.
That is a massive discrepancy.

Other discrepancies in F77, Ni77, Mg77, Cá77.

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Re: 1977 Sandeman

Post by DRT » 11:25 Sun 08 Jan 2012

A discussion on the above discrepancy has been moved to here by DRT.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: 1977 Sandeman

Post by AHB » 20:48 Sun 08 Jan 2012

jdaw1 wrote:
jdaw1 wrote:S77 ! 40% opaque.
AHB wrote:80% opaque.
That is a massive discrepancy.

Other discrepancies in F77, Ni77, Mg77, Cá77.
Normally JDAW and I are within 5-10% of each other so these discrepancies are odd. I can only assume that we had different lighting conditions, different fill levels or my eyes were tired.
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