1985 Fonseca

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flash_uk
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1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 20:45 Wed 06 Aug 2014

Decanted 24 hours. 70% opacity, red with a little bricking. Lively nose, clean, fruity, plum, damson, prunes, figs. In the mouth, nice balance, real substance, chewy sweet then a little spice. Nice long finish with sweetness but also an edge of acidity.

So, true to form for F85 right now for me - very nice, but lacking that final little bit of integration. Bottle retired to fridge in readiness of a 48 hour sample.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by djewesbury » 00:34 Thu 07 Aug 2014

flash_uk wrote:Decanted 24 hours. 70% opacity, red with a little bricking. Lively nose, clean, fruity, plum, damson, prunes, figs. In the mouth, nice balance, real substance, chewy sweet then a little spice. Nice long finish with sweetness but also an edge of acidity.

So, true to form for F85 right now for me - very nice, but lacking that final little bit of integration. Bottle retired to fridge in readiness of a 48 hour sample.
Interesting, you refrigerate. I don't bother as I find it mutes the wine whenever I return to it and it needs all sorts of coaxing to come back to temperature. If necessary (and it rarely is in Belfast), the decanter can go in the cellar, which is cool but not cold.
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by LGTrotter » 00:47 Thu 07 Aug 2014

I am astounded by the strength of will needed to await the 48 hour sample. A wine I find it hard to keep my hands off.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 08:44 Thu 07 Aug 2014

LGTrotter wrote:I am astounded by the strength of will needed to await the 48 hour sample. A wine I find it hard to keep my hands off.
I had the benefit of some wine earlier which made it a little easier to hold off!

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 20:21 Thu 07 Aug 2014

At 48 hours. Nose now clean and crisp, more fruit and hints of a slight medicinal scent. On the palate, now nicely integrated. The acidic bite at the finish is no longer there. This is now a full, syrupy, sweet juice. Plums and chocolat, with a super long aftertaste.

I wonder if this will improve further at 72 hours.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 21:56 Thu 07 Aug 2014

Seventy-two hours: astounding self-control.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 23:29 Thu 07 Aug 2014

jdaw1 wrote:Seventy-two hours: astounding self-control.
All in the name of science!

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 21:11 Fri 08 Aug 2014

At 72 hours. The nose has retreated slightly, no longer so crisp and fresh, still giving prunes and fig. In the mouth no longer so long, with that slightly acidic finish reappearing. Don't get me wrong, I could polish off many glasses of this, but from this experiment, 48 hours was perfect.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 22:22 Fri 08 Aug 2014

DRT wrote:It is worth noting that no one has asked Flash how many bottles of F85 he decanted for his multi-day experiment.
Just the one.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by DRT » 00:07 Sat 09 Aug 2014

flash_uk wrote:
DRT wrote:It is worth noting that no one has asked Flash how many bottles of F85 he decanted for his multi-day experiment.
Just the one.
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