1983 Berry Brothers

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1983 Berry Brothers

Post by AHB » 20:10 Tue 27 Nov 2007

After trying a few new wines recently I returned to my trusty favourite. This bottle was in good condition and with a solid cork. Deep red in colour, paling slightly at the rim. The nose was sweet, slightly antiseptic and carried tobacco and ripe figs. The initial impact into the mouth was a sightly watery wine but bringing strong flavours of liquorice and fennel. The wine thickened in the mouth and developed refined cherry-juice tones supported by tannins that are fully integrated into a balanced structure. The aftertaste is warm and with a cedar-wood start that changes into a long and pleasant tobacco and cut-grass flavour that lasts a long time.

This is a lovely and elegant wine that I turn to frequently, finding it both reliable and refined. It is consistently at the top quartile of the wines that I drink but it is not an outstanding wine. I suspect that this wine will hold for a decade but is unlikely to improve significantly so I will rate it an 8-8 on Tom's scale or 89/100. Tasted after 9 hours in the decanter, on 11 November 2006.

Alex
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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Post by Andy Velebil » 16:37 Wed 28 Nov 2007

Alex,

Do you know who bottled this for them?

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Post by AHB » 18:17 Wed 28 Nov 2007

It was the Warre wine - and a pretty good selection too!

Alex
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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Post by Andy Velebil » 18:30 Wed 28 Nov 2007

Very cool..thanks.

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