1983 Martinez

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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1983 Martinez

Post by AHB » 13:43 Thu 31 Jan 2008

Served on a pop 'n' pour basis and drink on 30/1/08.

Mid red colour, paling pink on the rim. Sweet and smokey fruit on the nose, but the smoke being created by a slight touch of bottle stink. A restrained entry with a bit of a sharp edge and a lot of age-softened tannins. The clear fruit presence is a little masked by the bottle stink flavours but makes itself known in no uncertain terms. The aftertaste is huge, lots of orange juice and cinnamon and lasts an incredible amount of time going through several different flavour profiles. Very impressive, despite the stink. 7/8 or 91/100.
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Graham’s 1948
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Post by DRT » 23:40 Thu 31 Jan 2008

From the same bottle served blind...

I didn't take a TN of this but recall smelling it and declaring "I somehow recognise this, I think I've had it recently" I picked up another glass from the line-uo containing Warre 70, had a sniff and thought "no, it's not a Warre". I think I guessed Dow 77. It was revealed as Harvey's (Martinez) 1983 - the other glass I had in front of me that I didn;t think to smell before guessing was a Martinez 85 :oops: :oops: :lol:

Thanks to Mr and Ms Tsunami for bringin this along. A very nice bottle of port that I am sure would have benefited and shown even better from a longer decanting time.

Derek
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Post by KillerB » 10:34 Fri 01 Feb 2008

I was absolutely convinced that this was Dow and the word 'Martinez' never once popped into my head, despite a bottle two years younger right next to it. Very nice Port with lots of cherries and berries followed by a good kick of pepper, acidity and tannins. Much more likely to last the course than its baby brother but needed more time than the pop and pour allowed.

I guessed Dow 1970.
Port is basically a red drink

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Post by Tsunami » 22:16 Fri 08 Feb 2008

my second ranking of the eavening,

it was not perfectly showing, but since it was fresh shaked from the journey, and popt immediatly bevor tasting :? because we arrived late to the party.

still showing fresh young fruit, with a pear-caracter, a hint overripe strawberryjam and blueberry. mid body, good lenght.
nice port.

still have one left.
i don't beleve it will improve for long time

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Post by DRT » 17:24 Sat 16 Feb 2008

Links to the other ports from the line-up:
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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