1977 Fonseca

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jdaw1
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1977 Fonseca

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 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 22:38 Wed 04 Jan 2012

F77, decanted 14:45. Only 40% opaque, red with a slight hint of pink. Wonderful. Big, smooth, gentle heat mid-palate, cherries. Oddly for this shipper, no plums. Wonderful texture and flavour.

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Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by RAYC » 16:04 Fri 06 Jan 2012

Great great port - fabulous port-like nose (yes - i wrote that...), boistrous, mouth-filling and big, punchy red fruit. Attention-grabbing. Again, ready now (though no hurry, just can't see this getting better - but hope to be proved wrong in 10yrs!) ***** (94)
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Fonseca 1970
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Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 09:28 Sun 08 Jan 2012

Deep red in colour, 90% opaque. Evolved on the nose with lots of attractive sweet redcurrant and all spice - delightful. Warm and enticing entry, bringing spicy fruit. Slightly out of balance with the acidity dominating over the fruit. Hot aftertaste, followed by a long and fruity finish. 90/100. 5 hour decant.
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Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 10:43 Sun 08 Jan 2012

jdaw1 wrote:F77 ! Only 40% opaque
AHB wrote:90% opaque
Another massive discrepancy.

Other discrepancies in S77, Ni77, Mg77, Cá77, and discussion later moved to Quantifying opacity in TNs.

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