Delaforce, Tue 24 April 2012, The Bung Hole

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A splendid evening.

Thank you to Axel and Julian for the organisation; Tom, Axel, Alex (and perhaps others?) for contributing the Ports, and; Nick for joining us as our guest.

My overall impression of Delaforce is that the wines of the 1960s are very good, whilst those from the 1970s and 1980s are variable but mostly weak or bad examples of VP. Thankfully, the wines produced in the last two decades have been higher quality and are hopefully going to turn out to be as good as those from the 1960s.

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DRT wrote:Tom, Axel, Alex (and perhaps others?) for contributing the Ports
And Wolfgang.

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DRT wrote:My overall impression of Delaforce is that the wines of the 1960s are very good, whilst those from the 1970s and 1980s are variable but mostly weak or bad examples of VP
Derek, how was the 1977? We had it at a 1977 horizontal in 2008 where it was one of the positive surprises of the evening.

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Post by RAYC » 10:17 Wed 25 Apr 2012

jdaw1 wrote:
DRT wrote:Tom, Axel, Alex (and perhaps others?) for contributing the Ports
And Wolfgang.
And, of course, g-man for very kindly donating the 74.
DRT wrote:whilst those from the 1970s and 1980s are variable but mostly weak or bad examples of VP.
Setting aside the flawed bottles, i had a much more favourable impression of these than you. They are light and may not make old bones (and are certainly not blockbuster ports) but several of them made nice quaffing ports that were elegantly mature and had some attractive characteristics. Hat-tip (surprisingly) to the 1975 and 1982 in particular.

The 60s were indeed lovely ports, which for me bore some resemblance to the Croft style.

The 92 was also extremely good, and i think could turn out to be a much "bigger" port than those that preceded.

The venue worked very well i thought, and it was very nice to meet Nick
RonnieRoots wrote:Derek, how was the 1977? We had it at a 1977 horizontal in 2008 where it was one of the positive surprises of the evening.
The 1977 was a slightly compromised bottle i thought - possibly the fault of the cork, which dropped very easily before the tip of the corkscrew even penetrated. We did have a bottle of this back in January that we all thought was rather good (review here), though AHB scored it very low!
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Post by AHB » 14:04 Wed 25 Apr 2012

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, when I got my head down and raced through my note taking as quickly as I could - I actually finished working through all the wines!! It was good to meet Nick.

My impressions of the ports is very similar to Derek's. I loved the 1960, 1963 and 1966 but was disappointed that the 1970, 1977 and 1991 were spoiled bottles. I was also very impressed by the 2007, 2000 and 1994 and think these might become very enjoyable wines in 10-20 years time.

My thanks to all who contributed time or wine to the tasting and to having an enjoyable evening, despite my fairly early departure.
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I too was impressed with 1994 and bought an OWC about 5 years ago. No rush to drink them
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Post by g-man » 20:07 Wed 25 Apr 2012

that color on the 70 and 77 looks quite unappetizing.
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Post by g-man » 20:09 Wed 25 Apr 2012

geez! that is a proper tasting now.

how come you guys didn't utilize the standard port tasting glasses though or is it just a trick fo the lens?
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That's a very impressive array of glasses! :D
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Winner, the 1960, with 23½ votes.
Second, 1963, with 15 votes.
Third, 1966, with 14 votes.
Fourth, 1992, with 10½ votes.
All others received ≤2 votes.

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