1985 Warre

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1985 Warre

Post by jdaw1 » 18:33 Mon 29 Oct 2007

The presence of Alex B. in New York triggered a tasting (arranged via this thread, and discussed in this review) to which:This thread contains the tasting notes for the Warre 1985.

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W85

Post by jdaw1 » 04:57 Tue 30 Oct 2007

Brown-edged mid-red. Nosing of, more than anything else, red fruit. Alas too hot, though otherwise soft, and of medium length. Good VP; unexceptional.

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Post by Conky » 10:30 Tue 30 Oct 2007

The Warres 80 constantly seems to defeat its 85 counterpart.

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Post by g-man » 14:50 Tue 30 Oct 2007

This was my WOTN, me and julian disagree a bit on our taste profiles, but then again Julian simply has had much more port in his life then I've drunk water in mine.

nose of cinnamon and light hints of figs?

a light purple that tutrned into a reddish hue, I didn't notice the brown edge, but that might have been due to lighting.

It was a bit rough on the palate to start, but it had the stuff of a muscular port ...

With a bit of mastication, the sweet red berries with a 30+ sec finish of sweet toffee with a slight tinge of bitter oak.

I personally wish it was smoother for this to be a great port.

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Post by AHB » 17:09 Wed 31 Oct 2007

7 hours in the decanter before tasting. Mid red colour, thinning but holding into the rim. A candied nose, a little like Turkish Delight. Slightly bitter entry, very acidic but had good redcurrant development in the midpalate. Nicely integrated in the mouth but the finish starts off very hot before coming back into balance and lasting a long time. With time in the glass, the entry becomes smoother but the acidic harshness simply moves to the beginning of the midpalate - and even starts to develop some bananna tones! The aftertaste calms down and develops a very nice peppery bite. Around the median for drinking now but is likely to improve over the next decade as the acidity and alcohol integrate. 5-6 or 89/100.
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Post by RonnieRoots » 17:02 Thu 01 Nov 2007

Am I correct in concluding that this port did not suffer from VA, although it was very acidic?
That's good news, and in that case it was certainly better than the bottle I tasted. That was bottled nailpolish.

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Nose not spoilt by VA; taste was too hot, though cooled …

Post by jdaw1 » 18:27 Thu 01 Nov 2007

Nose not spoilt by VA; taste was too hot, though cooled with the passage of time.

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Post by AHB » 20:17 Thu 01 Nov 2007

I didn't pick up any VA at all. We did have a conversation about VA since Jeff was asking about it in the context of the '85s. This means that if there was even a hint of VA present then we would have picked it up.

If I had any of these, I would probably leave them alone for 2-5 years before opening one to see how it is getting on.

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