1985 Royal Oporto

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1985 Royal Oporto

Post by jdaw1 » 11:51 Sun 29 Nov 2009

[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3412]Here[/url] jdaw1 wrote:Question needing an answer by Saturday. For nine adults at a slightly belated Thanksgiving lunch to be held on Sunday (Brit, Paris, not the official day of Thanksgiving: I am not interested in hearing it) I will be serving three bottles of reasonable fake champagne, several bottles of an acceptable Bordeaux, and then three bottles of 1985 port.
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Re: 1985 Royal Oporto

Post by jdaw1 » 12:00 Sun 29 Nov 2009

Royal Oporto 1985, at D+0. Very translucent, tawny, on the boundary between orange and red. A light nose, and of sugar. To taste closed, somewhat acrid in the mid- to late-palate. Good length. Sugar the dominant taste.

SCP-DFF nosed ‟cherries”; our daughter (aged 3) nosed ‟beer”.

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Re: 1985 Royal Oporto

Post by DRT » 12:57 Sun 29 Nov 2009

Being a lovely tawny colour and very sweet, perhaps this fine example of a vintage port would be best appreciated by the French side of the table?
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: 1985 Royal Oporto

Post by jdaw1 » 13:03 Sun 29 Nov 2009

Nine adults: a Brit, a mix-up, two Frenchwomen (one of whom has a good palate for port) and a Frenchman; an Irishman, his wife of type unknown; a Canadian, his Japanese wife. A non-port-competent French side of the table might be difficult to arrange.

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Re: 1985 Royal Oporto

Post by DRT » 13:08 Sun 29 Nov 2009

Perhaps you could persuade the lone Frenchman that you opened it especially for him as the other two are not worthy of his refined palate?
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Re: 1985 Royal Oporto

Post by jdaw1 » 20:08 Sun 29 Nov 2009

RO85: D+4 to D+8hr. Lots of heat. Sugar. Lots of heat. Far too old, and before it was too old, it wasn’t good.

Conan: blackberry and paint thinner.
Conan: brown sugar, not white.
SCP-DFF: with goat cheese it tastes of vanilla.
JDAW: ‟I wish you hadn’t mentioned the paint thinner, because you were right”.

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Re: 1985 Royal Oporto

Post by jdaw1 » 23:08 Tue 01 Dec 2009

D+60hr: not good. Acidic, hot, slightly chemical old tawny.

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Re: 1985 Royal Oporto

Post by mosesbotbol » 20:44 Wed 02 Dec 2009

Other RO vintages I have tried were on the simple and sweet side, turning tawny early. They can be a welcome choice when it is casual drinking.
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