1963 Avery

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1963 Avery

Post by jdaw1 » 11:11 Wed 09 Oct 2013

To celebrate the Quinquagenary of AHB, he arranged a horizontal of 1963s in Wokingham at The Cantley House Hotel (evenings of Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October 2013) and The Walter Arms (lunch on Saturday 12th), and two evening Champagne tastings for our better halves. Sadly the venue was not able to accommodate all he would have liked to have invited. Diaries had been blocked since early 2012, and bottles had been gathered for most of a decade before that. A splendid weekend indeed.

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Review of the event as a whole, which starts with a full set of links;
Placemats (and parameters by which constructed).

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Re: 1963 Avery

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Post by jdaw1 » 23:05 Sun 13 Oct 2013

Some links:
Review which includes links to the Champagnes; Placemats and their Parameters;
• Fri evening 1963s: VS QH GC Ck G | Kh Mg Av F | RV Rs S Dl Cn;
• Sat aftern’n 1963s: Sb RVi RCV Ad RO | Dm BBR T Cr Ni | Mk Fd O Mz;
• Sat evening 1963s: MC W D N NN | A B&I Df PS Cv | GB CáF B Fr;
• Others: 1863 Burmester, 1977 Warre (tappitt hen), Martinez Crusted bottled 1973, 1966 Château Batailley (magnum).

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Re: 1963 Avery

Post by jdaw1 » 10:37 Mon 14 Oct 2013

Av63. Dark red, 40% opaque. Big fruit at start, and string acidity, which fades, leaving some of the fruit. Later still showing the excess mid-palate acidity.

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Re: 1963 Avery

Post by DRT » 22:40 Mon 14 Oct 2013

Dark colour. Very sweet entry - initially thick but fades and thins quickly. Lots of unresolved tannin. Finish quite short.

I recall thinking that this port promised far more than it delivered.
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1963 Avery

Post by djewesbury » 01:47 Thu 17 Oct 2013

jdaw1 wrote:Av63 string acidity
the worst kind.
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Post by uncle tom » 13:50 Mon 21 Oct 2013

Noticeably sweet, lasting well.
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Re: 1963 Avery

Post by Andy Velebil » 02:59 Wed 23 Oct 2013

1963 Avery Vintage Port
The cork gave no indication of where this came from. Still has good color for its age. Still some fruit and tannins left on the palate. However, the tannins are holding better than the fruit which is worrisome at this age. Compared to the Morgan VP, this was lacking some complexity and character but still a solid bottle.
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Re: 1963 Avery

Post by WS1 » 19:59 Mon 28 Oct 2013

dark, browinsih, ruby red and a slightly greenish rim; fresh nose; slight mint in taste; very long; it was revealed that this is supposed to be a lighter version of the Fonseca, potentially the young wines; brilliant stuff.
Not sure what really the Avery 1963 vintage port consist of. John Avery probaly took the secret into his grave.
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Re: 1963 Avery

Post by AHB » 09:28 Tue 05 Nov 2013

Mid-red in colour, good depth being about 40% opaque. Gentle and attractive nose of pleasant strawberry jelly. Lovely elegance and texture on the palate. Perfumed fruit, with multiple flavours appearing and changing on the palate, supported by surprisingly robust tannins on the late palate. Gorgeous elegance, with a very long licorice root finish that is just full of fruit. A really fine port. 93/100. Drunk 11-Oct-13. Decanted 6½ hours.
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Re: 1963 Avery

Post by RAYC » 18:16 Fri 28 Feb 2014

WS1 wrote: Not sure what really the Avery 1963 vintage port consist of. John Avery probaly took the secret into his grave.
From a second hand source, which contains enough detail to make it credible (and is consistent with what Broadbent has to say on the wine):
[url=http://vinoremus.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/formal-hall_05.html]here[/url], someone wrote:Update from Avery's Wine. In 1963 Avery's made six pipes of their Special Reserve Vintage Port which was blended from 1 pipe of Taylors, 2 pipes of Fonseca and 3 pipes of Sandeman. Apparently this blend was subsequently very highly rated by various wine writers and critics. Quite right too, I might add. Many thanks to Duncan Pilbeam of Avery's for the information.
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Re: 1963 Avery

Post by Chris Doty » 17:06 Sat 01 Mar 2014

Thanks RAYC - that's fascinating info.

The 63Avery was my wine of the weekend, IIRC. I was very impressed, and felt that this went toe-to-toe against the Fonseca, with more...flair, somehow. More resolve. At some point I got it confused with the Adams, but I think I have the straight now.

Farr had been offering a case of this wine for <$100 per. That is now gone, :piginpoo: , but I have left in their stock a remaining 9 bottles. If they're still for sale this time next week, I will clear those away as well.

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Re: 1963 Avery

Post by RAYC » 17:51 Sat 01 Mar 2014

Chris Doty wrote:Farr had been offering a case of this wine for <$100 per. That is now gone, ,
To my knowledge, members of this board have been responsible for the disappearance of at least 33 of those bottles!
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Re: 1963 Avery

Post by jdaw1 » 22:30 Sat 01 Mar 2014

Before the technical problem necessitating a restore of :tpf: from a recent backup…
gerwin.degraaf wrote:
RAYC wrote:
WS1 wrote: Not sure what really the Avery 1963 vintage port consist of. John Avery probaly took the secret into his grave.
From a second hand source, which contains enough detail to make it credible (and is consistent with what Broadbent has to say on the wine):
[url=http://vinoremus.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/formal-hall_05.html]here[/url], someone wrote:Update from Avery's Wine. In 1963 Avery's made six pipes of their Special Reserve Vintage Port which was blended from 1 pipe of Taylors, 2 pipes of Fonseca and 3 pipes of Sandeman. Apparently this blend was subsequently very highly rated by various wine writers and critics. Quite right too, I might add. Many thanks to Duncan Pilbeam of Avery's for the information.
Sounds great :D .
I just bought a case of these (awaiting delivery somewhere next week I expect), all of which seem to have very good to excellent levels! :nirvana: I can hardly wait to get one of these in my decanter (after letting the bottles get settled for some time to recover from the trip of course).

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Re: 1963 Avery

Post by gerwin.degraaf » 20:44 Sun 02 Mar 2014

RAYC wrote:
Chris Doty wrote:Farr had been offering a case of this wine for <$100 per. That is now gone, ,
To my knowledge, members of this board have been responsible for the disappearance of at least 33 of those bottles!
I have a case of these on the way over at this moment (seems I was just in time to get them) 88)

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