1982 Andresen Colheita

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AHB
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1982 Andresen Colheita

Post by AHB » 18:26 Sun 06 Jan 2008

Bottled 2007. Distinct pale orange with still a hint of rose from the original red grapes. Delicate nose of brown sugar and Rum 'n' Raisin fudge. Thick and sweet in the mouth bringing many layers of dates, prunes, almonds and marmalade oranges. Unctious and delicious, very complex but with a beautiful balancing acidity. Huge length with lovely development on the aftertaste - an aftertaste dominated by dried cranberries and brown sugar. A very, very impressive wine offering extremely good value for money at £20 a bottle. 94/100.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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Post by RonnieRoots » 09:44 Mon 07 Jan 2008

Good to hear. I had this same port a couple of years ago, only not a recent bottling at the time. I remember it was dusty and flat and not a shadow of what you describe.

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Post by AHB » 12:00 Mon 07 Jan 2008

I was surprised and quite pleased to see what the bottling date was. Clearly this is a colheita to drink fresh and not one to tuck away and allow to develop in the bottle.

Alex
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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Post by AHB » 07:33 Wed 16 Jan 2008

I opened a fresh bottle of this port last night - it is an absolutely brilliant example of a colheita. Perhpas the extra time in barrel from Ronnie's bottle has helped it to flesh out.

For those of you in the UK who want to try out a colheita, I urge you to find your nearest Laithwaites store and buy a bottle. To my mind, this represents excellent value for money - a better wine than the Taylor 20yo Tawny, 5 years of extra aging and for £5 less.

Alex
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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