1977 Rebello Valente

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1977 Rebello Valente

Post by jdaw1 » 18:33 Mon 29 Oct 2007

The presence of Alex B. in New York triggered a tasting (arranged via this thread, and discussed in this review) to which:This thread contains the tasting notes for the Rebello Valente 1977.

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Post by jdaw1 » 05:12 Tue 30 Oct 2007

Cloudy brown-red, and nosing of bottle-stink. Initially widely hated. Some said mint, others grass.

Then the bottle-stink faded, helped by a larger glass, and so found more favour. Later: very floral.

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Post by g-man » 14:59 Tue 30 Oct 2007

My second fav wine.

I thought it initially tasted like York peppermint patties.

the finish started a bit short ...

but as the wine opened up it went a 30+ sec finish ..

it was the lightest wine of the bunch. Cloudy brown-red.

for me this was like drinking a light milk chocolate covered red berries.

I also agree with a floral component to this wine.

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Post by uncle tom » 15:30 Tue 30 Oct 2007

What was your decanting time like?

The 77's often need a lot of time to get their act together..

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Post by g-man » 15:37 Tue 30 Oct 2007

Was decanted at 7 in the morning
re corked and stuck in the fridge until around 2pm?

it might have gotten shaken around tho on the NY subway system.

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1977 Rebello Valente

Post by AHB » 17:04 Wed 31 Oct 2007

Double decanted for 7 hours before being tasted. Light centre, pale rim, weak / watery looking orange rim. Chocolate and cocoa powder on the nose, with some odd cabbaginess. Sweet and full bodied entry but with a dirty and earthy mid-palate. The bottle stink on this wine blew off after an hour or two in the glass and revealed a lovely and delicate wine that was drinking very nicely but unlikely to improve with further bottle age. 6-6 or 90/100.

This wine suffered significantly from bottle stink (which I learned a few weeks ago comes from a combination of high sulphur content and insufficient oxygen working its way through a bottle seal/cork) and this bottle stink was persistent and got in the way of appreciating this wine for what it could really offer. After a small remnant of my first pour had sat in my glass for a couple of hours this wine was really elegant and floral. Sadly when I had drunk and loved that pour and topped my glass back up, the bottle stink was back with a vengeance and we did not have enough time to allow it to blow off again. However, I did love this wine without the taint.
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