1985 Fonseca

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1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 20:19 Fri 25 Jul 2014

Decanted 1½ hours. 80% opacity, warm deep red, long gloopy legs. Nose fruity and sweet, red fruits, plum, and faint hints of menthol and hospital. In the mouth both thin initially but then chewy at the same time. mild initial heat, but then smooth, syrupy with lots of sweet red fruit. Good structure and great balance fruit and acidity, tannins there but mild. Lovely long finish. Licking my lips long after. Very nice!

Other TNs suggest this improves 12-24hrs after decant so I am going to be super restrained and see what tomorrow night brings with the rest of the bottle.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by djewesbury » 01:33 Sat 26 Jul 2014

I would say 24-48 hours. Super-super restrained!
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 09:33 Sat 26 Jul 2014

djewesbury wrote:I would say 24-48 hours. Super-super restrained!
OK. Majority will be drained at 24hrs. A glass retained for 48 hrs comparison.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 21:20 Sat 26 Jul 2014

+24 hrs. Nose continues to give red fruit, but with greater menthol freshness. Soft entry on the palate then gently building a little heat through the middle onwards. Red fruit and hints of chocolate extend into a nice long finish, which has a touch more acidity to it than last night. Still retains that lip licking sweetness though! What a great port. Look forward to many more of these.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 19:12 Sun 27 Jul 2014

+48 hrs. What a beauty. That acidity which had crept in at 24hrs has now integrated back in, and this is a lovely balanced, structured port, sweetness through the palate and a long lingering aftertaste, now with more bitter chocolate than red fruit. As an option to be opened and enjoyed across 3 nights this must be top of the list?

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by LGTrotter » 20:39 Sun 27 Jul 2014

flash_uk wrote:As an option to be opened and enjoyed across 3 nights this must be top of the list?
I do hope so!

May I ask the provenance of this? Having bought some from Berrys I noticed with alarm that it got quite a poor write up from one of the previous port walks.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 21:56 Sun 27 Jul 2014

LGTrotter wrote:I do hope so!

May I ask the provenance of this? Having bought some from Berrys I noticed with alarm that it got quite a poor write up from one of the previous port walks.
Auction at Sworders. And some labels on the OWC suggest the case had been stored by BBR for a client.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by djewesbury » 01:26 Mon 28 Jul 2014

Glad to hear it showed so well, this one goes on and on..!
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 05:09 Mon 28 Jul 2014

LGTrotter wrote:May I ask the provenance of this? Having bought some from Berrys I noticed with alarm that it got quite a poor write up from one of the previous port walks.
That could be explained simply by the fact that Berry's decanted for only 3 hours rather than for 3 days before serving the F85 at the Port Walk.
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by djewesbury » 09:34 Mon 28 Jul 2014

AHB wrote:
LGTrotter wrote:May I ask the provenance of this? Having bought some from Berrys I noticed with alarm that it got quite a poor write up from one of the previous port walks.
That could be explained simply by the fact that Berry's decanted for only 3 hours rather than for 3 days before serving the F85 at the Port Walk.
Quite so, I found it unexciting that night, but as flash has shown this is a wine that benefits hugely from lots of breathing and opening out.
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by DRT » 10:05 Mon 28 Jul 2014

It also seems to be going through a bit of a dumb phase, much like its sibling from Taylor did for the past decade or so. The Taylor has definitely pulled its socks up recently so hopefully the F85 will return to its previous form in due course.
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 10:08 Mon 28 Jul 2014

I definitely get the sense the F85 has much more to come. It will be fun to see how it evolves over the next few years.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by LGTrotter » 10:40 Mon 28 Jul 2014

Phew! I can stop pacing fretfully.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by djewesbury » 10:41 Mon 28 Jul 2014

There's plenty else to fret about.
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by DRT » 08:10 Sat 02 Aug 2014

DRT wrote:It also seems to be going through a bit of a dumb phase, much like its sibling from Taylor did for the past decade or so. The Taylor has definitely pulled its socks up recently so hopefully the F85 will return to its previous form in due course.
This statement led to a long debate about the merits of Taylor 1985, which has been moved to here.
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by djewesbury » 09:09 Sat 02 Aug 2014

I thought you would have done that in green.
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by DRT » 09:16 Sat 02 Aug 2014

djewesbury wrote:I thought you would have done that in green.
I did.
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by djewesbury » 09:17 Sat 02 Aug 2014

DRT wrote:
djewesbury wrote:I thought you would have done that in green.
I did.
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