1972 Warre Colheita

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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Re: 1972 Warre Colheita

Post by AHB » 09:33 Tue 26 Jan 2016

The Jubileum bottling for the Danish market, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Queen of Denmark's ascension to the throne. Dark honey-brown in colour with a pale brown rim; 50% opaque. A gentle nose of sweet caramel, condensed milk and Turkish Delight. Initially hollow on entry, this develops some baked apple and burnt sugar on the mid-palate, accompanied by a lovely bitterness to the core of the flavours - a wonderful grapefruit. There is a very nice lightness and delicacy to the palate. The grapefruit bitterness runs through the aftertaste and finish. This is a nice port with an attractive elegance. 89/100.
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CaliforniaBrad
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Re: 1972 Warre Colheita

Post by CaliforniaBrad » 17:28 Tue 26 Jan 2016

What are the odds this was one of the "industrial alcohol" ports?


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Re: 1972 Warre Colheita

Post by Glenn E. » 18:08 Tue 26 Jan 2016

CaliforniaBrad wrote:What are the odds this was one of the "industrial alcohol" ports?
Based on this:
AHB wrote:89/100.
I'd say approximately zero.
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Re: 1972 Warre Colheita

Post by AHB » 19:21 Tue 26 Jan 2016

Glenn E. wrote:
CaliforniaBrad wrote:What are the odds this was one of the "industrial alcohol" ports?
Based on this:
AHB wrote:89/100.
I'd say approximately zero.
I don't think that's necessarily the case. The industrial alcohol would have gone through taste testing before use and I've drunk a reasonable range of 1972 ports. I'm not convinced I'd be able to tell a 1972 port based on the flavour of its alcohol.
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Re: 1972 Warre Colheita

Post by CaliforniaBrad » 06:14 Wed 27 Jan 2016

AHB wrote:
Glenn E. wrote:
CaliforniaBrad wrote:What are the odds this was one of the "industrial alcohol" ports?
Based on this:
AHB wrote:89/100.
I'd say approximately zero.
I don't think that's necessarily the case. The industrial alcohol would have gone through taste testing before use and I've drunk a reasonable range of 1972 ports. I'm not convinced I'd be able to tell a 1972 port based on the flavour of its alcohol.
Part of why I asked. While it was obviously a major gaffe, my reading of the events makes it sound like it was the kind of thing that sounded worse than it was. "Industrial alcohol" makes it sound like they were fortifying with rubbing alcohol or something, rather than just low grade (but safe) spirits. Ive wondered if the lack of many good '72s probably is as much the case of a relatively poor year as much as the spirits used. I'll probably never have the opportunity to try more than a small handful of ports from the year to develop an opinion though.


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Re: 1972 Warre Colheita

Post by Andy Velebil » 05:36 Fri 29 Jan 2016

Iirc, there wasn't a taste issue. It wasn't detected until a chemical test brought it to light.


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