1980 Warre

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LGTrotter
Dalva Golden White Colheita 1952
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1980 Warre

Post by LGTrotter » 01:30 Sun 18 Jan 2015

I nearly didn't write a note on this because I have written another one on this port quite recently. But it is worth saying again; this is a really good port. I would venture that it is better than anything Warre produced between 1966 and 2000. And I think it runs the 66 pretty close and will probably come to resemble it.

Still a bit young at age 35, it is rather brooding and sharp still. Loves being open for a while as it tends to be a bit hot and dark when freshly decanted. But underneath all this is a strong, vibrant beast that is a pleasure to drink. 93ish points.

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AHB
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Re: 1980 Warre

Post by AHB » 10:05 Sun 18 Jan 2015

It's always worth writing notes even when separate bottles have been opened with little time in between - it helps give an idea whether bottle variation is a problem or not. So thank you for posting this second one.
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LGTrotter
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Re: 1980 Warre

Post by LGTrotter » 13:47 Mon 19 Jan 2015

Thank you for this encouragement Alex. I find bottle variation less of an issue than some, not that it doesn't happen but I try to buy wines from one source, often from those who have had it since release so it tends to suffer less than when I have bought different lots from different sources. For example I have bought Graham 1970 from all over the place and have found the results a little haphazard.

The following day I am less bullish about the future of this port, it became more simple and sweet, perhaps more like the 1970 than the 66. Not a shameful comparison though.

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