1970 Fonseca

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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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1970 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 08:12 Fri 13 Jul 2012

F70, magnum: to test the hypothesis that coffee filters damage port, one third was decanted free-hand, one third through muslin, and one third through coffee filter. The freehand was very obvious to me, the small fragment of cork floating in the juice being a clue. Overall, very excellent port, very dark red, 60% opaque, thick gooey plum port of mid sweetness. Freehand was the smoothest, muslin slightly more bitter, and coffee filter slightly hotter. The differences were small, and such that at least one esteemed person present mis-guessed. JDAW.
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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Re: 1970 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 14:43 Mon 16 Jul 2012

From another person who was present, came this description of the wine:

A magnum, decanted 3 ways (free-hand, through unbleached cheesecloth and through unbleached coffee filter paper). Deep red , dark and opaque with a solid rim. Dusty raspberries on the nose, which is full and well developed although perhaps slightly closed. Rich fruit dominates the palate, which is massively fruity and has tremendous complexity. Perfect structural components give an immaculately balanced wine. Slightly dry finish of dry cherry stones, long and with lovely length. A fabulous, sweet and concentrated wine. 96/100. 11-Jun-12. Decanted 4½ hours.
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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